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Violent Storm Limerick, Dec 7, 1706

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    Monday, March 18 to Monday, March 25, 1706 Limerick, Dec. 7. On Thursday last about one a Clock in the morning began a most violent Storm, it lasted till 9,
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      Monday, March 18 to Monday, March 25, 1706

      Limerick, Dec. 7. On Thursday last about one a Clock in the morning began a
      most violent Storm, it lasted till 9, and Floods occasioned by it, the water
      rose to high with it on a sudden, most of the Cellars in Town were full of
      water, by which all people suffered very much, 17 persons lost and drowned,
      several Vessels, Houses, Cattle & Corn, damnifyed by it.

      Monday, June 3 to Monday, June 10, 1706

      Limerick, Decemb. 7, 1705
      On Thursday last about one a Clock in the morning, there was the most violent
      Storm, and Floods occasioned by it, that ever was known by any living, or ever
      heard of here. It lasted till 9. The Water rose so violently of a sudden, and to
      that heighth, that most of the Cellars in the Town were full of Water, by which
      the Merchants, Vintners, Ale-sellers and other People suffered very much. The
      Inhabitants of the Suburbs of the English Town, &c. were forced to crawl naked
      from the Inside to the tops of their Cabbins without side, whence some fell down
      being benumm'd and not able to hold longer, some others were drowned before they
      had time to stir, others by Boats suck, so took, so that we can already reckon
      about 17 persons here, and God knows what the losses in the Country are. It's
      certain all the Cattle and Corn in the low Lands near the Shannon are lost, as
      well as the Corn and Rape in Stack as that in Ground; besides, a great many
      People, I fear, were lost. Many Houses in Town and Country were until'd, and
      some blown down; two Ships that lay at the Key, taking in their lading, and one
      empty were got on the top of the Key; two are got off, but the 3d, a Dutch Ship
      of 80 Tons, lyes now just at Key Gate, and had it not been for the Key ??? been
      driven into the Town. They are taking out her Goods and breaking down the Key,
      in hopes to get her off. I hear the Queen Ann of London of 400 Tuns, from
      Jamaica, with Sugar, Indigo, &c. is put ashore at a place called Glinn, about 11
      Leagues down the River, & the Anna of Rotterdam, with Beef, Butter, Hides and
      Tallow, is driven ashore upon Fines Island, 8 Leagues down, and is 2 or 300
      yards higher in the Fields than ever the Tide came before. It's said the Queen
      Ann is not bulged but very far up, and buryed in the Sand very deep. Our Barge
      was bulged and sunk. The Watch-house and 3 other Houses were blown down on the
      Key. Two of the Garison Gates were blown to pieces. The Magazines and
      Guard-Houses were almost quite unflated and unglazed, and the Centry Boxes
      broken to pieces.

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
      http://www.IrelandOldNews.com/
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