Storm Emma turned delightful Durrow into a 'ghost town' except for white wedding

Locals say the town was deserted and surrounding roads were treachous

Conor Ganly


Conor Ganly


A snowy scene in Laois during Storm Emma> Pic by James Osborne

Storm Emma transformed delightful Durrow in Laois into a 'ghost town' but locals pulled out all the stops for a local couple who celebrated their marriage in a local hotel.

Philip Sheppard of Sheppard's Auctioneers painted a picture of a village that was brought to a standstill.

"Durrow was a ghost town," he declared to the Leinster Express.

The well known business man said the snow had accumulated in many parts of the village and the paths were almost unwalkable but this meant very few ventured outside.

He said the roads including the N77 Portlaoise to Kilkenny road were 'not good at all'. He singled out Susan Lawlor, the owner of the Gala shop, for praise. He said her's was the only place that opened and allowed people buy essentials.

Durrow florist and Leinster Express notes correspondent Martin Lawlor also painted a grim picture except for own very happy event.

"The snow is so deep that in my life I have never seen so much of it. I had to put flowers up in the Catholic Church in Ballinakill for a wedding on Friday.

"The roads were lethal and the drifts on the Ballinakill/Abbeyleix road were over ditch high and very little room to pass. Real movie scenes," he said.

He said the woman who got married was Sarah Jackman, of Iron Mills, Ballinakill and the groom was from Castlecomer in Kilkenny.

Photographer, Pat Farrell of Ballyraggett, stood in at the last minute because the original photographer had to pull out because of Storm Emma. 

In spite of the storm, the management and staff at Castle Durrow have pulled out all the stops to make their's a very special white wedding day.