Terrific and Extraordinary Tornado - County Galway

Nenagh Guardian 1878 - www.irishnewsarchive.com

By Jim Fahy

TERRIFIC AND EXTRAONDINARY TORNADO – COUNTY GALWAY – On the 18th instant, while the labourers of George Cottingham, Esq. of Corrib View, near Outerard county Galway, were employed in making hay, a dark cloud suddenly appeared in the horizon, which betokened a coming shower. They quickly repaired to the house for shelter, and immediately after the cloud burst in a frightful torrent of rain, mixed with large pieces of ice, some of which measured two inches and a half in circumference. The violence of this storm was so great that it destroyed Mr. Cottingham’s handsome flower and vegetable garden, levelled a splendid field of wheat, and killed a turkey, a lapwing and a rat. The frightful tornado was accompanied by great lightning and awful peals of thunder, and left a most disagreeable and sulphurious smell in the atmosphere. Twenty three panes of glass were broken in the dwellinghouse. Although great heat followed, the lumps of ice were not dissolved in four days after.
 Source: Nenagh Guardian – www.irishnewsarchive.com MARRIAGE ROBB AND COTTINGHAM – Feb 26′, by special licence, at Corrib View House, Oughterard, County Galway by the Rev. R. M’Donough, P P, George Robb, fourth son of James Robb, Esq, of Glasgow, to Alice Georgina, second daughter of George Cottingham, Esq. Source: Freemans’ Journal, February 28th 1878

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