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Looking Back

Grand mild out, isn't it? ... Well, here's what Dublin looked like --- four years ago

The snows started falling on this day four years ago, capping what was the coldest November period on record and heralding the start of the ‘Big Freeze’.

REMEMBER THE BIG Freeze of 2010?

Of course you do — it was four years ago… There was transport chaos as people struggled to make it home for Christmas: flights were cancelled, the road network was clogged, and on Christmas Day the country’s coldest December temperature ever was recorded in Mayo — minus 17.5 degrees.

The snows started falling on this day four years ago, capping what was the coldest November on record.

The Air Corps were called upon thoughout that period — using their aerial advantage to help those in need in the most isolated parts of the country. And they’ve just posted a selection of photos of Dublin from the winter of 2010 — taken by the Air Corps Photographic Section…

Doesn’t the city look … well, clean?

St Stephen's Green

Croke Park

The Papal Cross

The Magazine Fort, Phoenix Park

spire The Spire rises above O'Connell Street.

Upriver on the Liffey.

The M50 junction at Sandyford.

The foothills of the Dublin Mountains, over Tallaght.

As the Air Corps notes on its Facebook page… 

“Now as December approaches and the temperature drops another few degrees the different Squadrons around the Air Corps are refreshing themselves on their Cold Weather Operation Procedures.

So, if the weather turns and the snow starts falling, we’ll be ready and waiting in the wings again for any calls for help.

By contrast, the capital is currently bathing in balmy temperatures of around 12 degrees. It’s set to stay warm-ish (for the time of year) all weekend too.

All photos: Air Corps/Facebook.

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