By Jenny Murphy Byrne and Jesse Melia
The blizzard is over. And let’s admit it, we all went a bit mad. Many of us found solace in the company of others, engorging 73 percent of the Netflix catalogue, while others RAMMED A LIDL WITH A JCB! We all have our vices…I guess. Here at The Edition, we’re intrigued to hear how our fellow students combatted the poxy weather and the encroaching cabin fever.
How did the blizzard impact your week?
“To be honest I couldn’t leave my boyfriend’s house so I was literally stuck there for five days and we just got cans from Aldi and drank the few days,” says journalism student Isabelle Evans.
“I wasn’t prepared for the storm at all! A part of me thought the media had slightly exaggerated it, but when I got the email from DIT, I knew I would be stuck in Wicklow for the week. The first sight of snow was exciting, but the novelty certainly wore off after 2-3 days of being stuck indoors. (There’s only so much Netflix you can watch before you start getting twitchy like jack from The Shining),” says third year journalism student, Natalie Kavanagh.
“It affected my week greatly. I missed out on €350 of wages because my workplace was closed Wednesday to Monday. I also missed out on a few days where I could have worked on practical assignments for college. It also affected me because my girlfriend’s workplace was also closed, so I was stuck indoors with just her so we actually had to have a conversation (strictly tongue in cheek just in case she ever sees this). I also racked up some serious hours watching Netflix,” says third year Planning and Environmental Management student Gavin Cronin.
“The blizzard really wrecked my week. I genuinely didn’t think it was going to be as bad as predicted. My decision not to go home to Wexford on Wednesday left me stranded in Dublin until Sunday (although considering how bad Wexford got it, I got over it). I suppose the biggest thing it disrupted was my weekend. I lost a weekend’s wages which means there will be no luxury coffees for this millennial for at least a week,” says student and Wexford native Nick Moloney.
What difficulties did you or your family encounter?
“After we got the cans we got a pizza for that night and even though we knew everywhere was closing on the Friday we didn’t buy enough food so we had to find somewhere that was delivering food and give him a huge tip cause we felt so bad,” remarks student Isabelle Evans.
“Since I live by the sea my family didn’t encounter any difficulties in Dingle because we only had one day where it snowed and it wasn’t an awful lot. But my French roommate went to Edinburgh for the week and ended up stranded there for 4 days because of the storm. She said it was pretty insane, everything was shut and there was no information given,” says Catherine Devane, who is currently on erasmus in Utrecht, Netherlands.
“The biggest difficulty was just being stuck in one place. Walking to work on Saturday was really dangerous however. The footpaths were covered in sleety Ice. I was a disgrace that DCC hadn’t cleared them,” says Paul Hyland, third year student from Galway.
I wasn’t able to get to work until the storm passed on Saturday. (I was kind of glad the storm happened though; my roster would have been awful that week) don’t tell my boss. When I finally was able to get to work I felt like Leonardo DiCaprio in the revenant sliding through the snow, except instead of getting vengeance I was going to Tesco,” says Natalie Kavanagh from Greystones in Wicklow.
“The roads in the estate were completely snowed in and impassable so we couldn’t drive and if we needed to leave the house to get food or anything we had to walk through the snow drifts,” says third year student Danu Connolly-Fanning.
“Other than a migraine from watching too much Netflix and obviously not being able to to travel home this weekend I’ve quite enjoyed my experience of the snow. At my family farm however it is not so pleasant. My father is under a huge amount of pressure to feed, check and look after cattle. All of their water troughs are frozen and because of the spring season there are also cows calving. Some roads are impassable currently and some farmers are having huge difficulties reaching their cattle,” says third year Aoife Kearns from Mooncoin in Kilkenny.
How did you combat the lack of amenities. Any preferred rations, beans, perhaps?
“I ended up drinking loads of coffee as tea became a massive commodity in the house. Seeing only Lyons bags left nearly broke my heart,” says Dubliner Rob O’Halloran.
“I’d say my preferred rations were eggs cause we had loads, so we used them in all the ways. Definitely next time if we know somewhere will be closed we will be stocking up. I work in a supermarket and it was like the end of the world all week so I kinda thought it was mass hysteria. In hindsight I was very underprepared,” says third year student Isabelle Evans.
“My mom works in the local supermarket back home and she said it was like Christmas Eve the amount of people doing their shopping the day before the storm,” says third year Catherine Devane from Kerry.
“It was not a fun time. We hadn’t stocked up at all, we had a two litre carton of milk, which we watered down twice, genuinely! It wasn’t until that Friday afternoon in which myself and my housemate, Liam took on the storm and ventured to the nearest shop which was about 20 mins away that we got some long craved good food and Milk!! The shop was insanely busy, it was so so busy. We were queuing for at least a half hour – after I got myself a chicken fillet roll from the deli,” says Ceira Meehan from Sligo.
“We stocked up on supplies when I was working Thursday, my dad is a chef so he made good use of all the types of food we had, didn’t have to much of an effect on us really,” says Jack Maguire, a third year student from Tallaght.
“We were fine food wise until maybe the Thursday night, when we started running low on milk and bread, but yes beans are great, they make everything better. Heinz not Bachelors please,” says Natalie Kavanagh.
“My Mum sent me tea in the post so i’ve been sorted. Bread is plentiful here too,” says says Kasper Delaney-Petersen who is currently on erasmus in Denmark.
I stocked up on crisps, bread, pasta, cheese and plenty of wine. Carbs are the best for warmth, it’s as easy as that,” says Aoife Kearns.
Any memorable/funny moments you encountered?
“Not really, I was indoors most of the time which was boring but thankfully the UK Open Darts was on over the weekend,” says Rathfarnham resident Rob O’Halloran.
“While on my way back from the shop I spotted a couple at Ballyowen Park, the man was taking a photograph of his partner, I stopped and offered to photograph the two together, they were really grateful and were super cute standing with one another wrapped in there wollies with the lovely Ballyowen Park as a backdrop,” says Ceira Meehan.
“My sister’s friends made an igloo and my friends and I had a fun movie night in during which we watched a grand total of six seconds of the film “Just Friends” starring Ryan Reynolds. Any time when friends can get together and do something that isn’t a traditional Irish trip to the pub or something is always fun and memorable. Luckily, there were no embarrassing memories made; no slips,’ says Donagh Corby.
“I saw a guy skid in a car and almost kill himself; that was somewhat amusing. Aside from that, I didn’t see much other than myself being hurled from a sled and cutting and bruising my eye, and I can’t even claim to have seen that,” says third year student Samuel McHugh.
“Being locked in a pub on Thursday/Friday as the place ran out of drink and wouldn’t let anybody in and the electricity kept going off too! Great craic,” says Jack Maguire.
“When I returned to work on the Saturday, we got a delivery from Brennan’s around 4 o’clock, and the poor man literally got jumped by everyone. I think it’s safe to say a few inches of snow and a lack of bread certainly is the real source of cabin fever,” says Natalie Kavanagh.
“After a bottle of wine I went jumping in the snow drifts with my brother on Thursday night, in the middle of the blizzard, and lost my phone in the snow drift, so we had to go back out and dig through all of them to find it. The phone somehow survived, praise be to the storm gods,” says Danu Connolly-Fanning.
“It’s been weird seeing coverage of the snow back in Ireland and everybody seems mystified. I desperately miss spicebags,” says Kasper Delaney-Petersen.
“Encountering a snow woman named Nikita with a litre of vodka and a packet of Marlboros, not something that will be easily forgotten,” says Aoife Kearns
“Watching about 300 people sledding down the hill in Bushy Park. The ingenuity of some of the sleds were top notch… half a suitcase, a headboard, ironing boards, election posters even a car bonnet,” says Cork man Gavin Cronin.
“One of the nights the local bar opened up and it was our first taste of civilisation in a little over 36 hours. So, on the walk home after a few pints we saw a snowman had been built right smack bang in the middle of the road. Naturally enough, my mate took out his phone and filmed me rugby tackling the poor f**ker and landing on my face (I still can’t help but feel I ruined some kids Christmas),” says Nick Moloney.