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  The Aftermath to the Storm of 6 January 2014 on Cape Clear Island

Lest anyone doubt the scale of the damage wrought  by the great storm we show a series of photos taken in the aftermath and the following day. These show  images of the clean up in progress  and of the crack which has opened along the inner part of the main pier together with the now dangerously tilted wall. Also they show the hole which has appeared in the same area on the side of the pier which joins the beach. They show the cratering on the Bulls Nose and the extensive cratering caused to the fishing pier including debris piled against the cement mixer parked in the area. There are tables, reduced to firewood and the surge overspilling the booms a full 24 hours after the peak of the storm. Most serious of all we show the extensive damage to the pier groove which holds the booms in place with obvious gaps where some stone blocks  have been dislodged completely and other stones which still in place are now loose. This means that the booms themselves ( and associated infrastructure) , our last line of defense have been very seriously compromised and the Inner Dock now lies largely defenseless against another severe storm. Hopefully emergency repairs can be carried out here before such an event and we await the engineer's urgent deliberations on the matter. Meanwhile on a more positive note we can only marvel at the outstanding engineering skills shown by those great  men of long ago who carried out the original pier works and most especially the Bulls Nose. Battered and bruised, slowly crumbling over the past 20 years it has suffered another 10 years worth of wear and tear in one night but incredibly has remained in place to protect our harbor and all within. Let us hope that our modern day constructions will stand the test of time, tide and weather as have their 19th Century predecessors.

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