This footage captured on Bundoran Beach, Co Donegal, shows '4ft foam waves' covering the entire stretch of sand.
And these stories were recounted by people whose family names were very familiar in the area when we lived there, some 50 years later, such as Mc Gettigans of Glenree, Dennisson from Drumdutton, Hall of Aughalatty, Mc Bride of Tirlaughan, Boyces of Tullagh to name just a few. Danny Coyle from Glenree who could dive 60 feet under water, a man who could cut 3 acres of hay with a hook in spectacular time, William Mc Corkle from Audhachor who could lift seven hundredweight on his back, two great runners, James Mc Clure from Dunmore and James Mc Bride from Carrick, and John Coyle from Kill who could jump 16 feet over a river! Kate Boyce of High Glen was killed by a flash of lightning; three Mc Corkell children drowned on Tramore strand when they were cut off by the tide; John Coyle of Glenereragh died of the big flu in 1918 and the bodies of 5 shipwrecked men were buried in Carrigart.
I particularly loved the stories of people who excelled and astonished their neighbours…great walkers, jumpers, runners, swimmers, divers, dancers.
A local lady walked to Derry and back the following day in bare feet,(80 miles?
She told of buying and selling outside the chapel after Mass before there were shops; she gave a recipe for boxty and listed the native animals about the place including badgers, squirrels, weasels, foxes and ‘mada uisce’, the otter.
She told a story of three boys who were at a dance and had to walk through a wood to get home.