Beast from the East, Storm Emma - Snow in Ireland

Snow in Vicar's Hill, Armagh, Ireland March 2018 brought by Storm Emma and Beast from the East Snow in Vicar's Hill, Armagh, Ireland March 2018 brought by Storm Emma and Beast from the East

Winter isn't over just yet, despite the traditional start of spring in Ireland being 1st February - the feast day of Saint Brigid, the whole of Ireland is now covered in snow on March 1st and today March 2nd caused by the so-called Storm Emma and 'Beast from the East'.

This image is from Armagh City, the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland, being the site of an ancient fort, Navan Fort, and the place where Saint Patrick established his principal church in Ireland in 444 AD.

Seen here is Vicar's Hill, a row of houses for widows built by Archbishop Boulter in 1723, these are early Georgian in style and sit across from one of the small city's two cathedrals dedicated to Ireland's patron saint, Patrick. This hill is reputed to be the burial location of one of Ireland's most famous High Kings, Brian Boru who died in 1014 AD.

So as I mentioned in recent articles about snow in Ireland, it does happen and every so often it lasts and creates beautiful scenes like this image and some more that I will post soon.

Vicar's Hill and other locations from Armagh City and the county feature in my book Portrait of Armagh.

Last modified on Friday, 02 March 2018 15:39

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