Tracey Mullins and Des Daly braved the snow storm as they got married last Friday. Also pictured are Stefan Lundstorm and Dermot Fehily, Strand Hotel
ALTHOUGH the largest snow storm in recent history brought the city to a standstill, it didn’t stop one Limerick couple from tying the knot in the city centre.
While schools, businesses and shops were forced to close their doors due to a red weather warning, Tracey Mullins and Des Daly braved the cold to get married at the Strand Hotel on Friday afternoon, with the snow still falling from the skies as the bride arrived to the hotel.
Another couple who made it to the church on time during the snowstorm was former Limerick hurler Pat Tobin, from Murroe, and his bride camogie player Edwina Mullane, from Killeedy.
The couple married in the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare on Friday morning.
The biggest snow storm to hit Ireland since The Big Snow of 1982, Storm Emma arrived in Limerick late on Thursday night, bringing with it blizzard-like conditions and an exceptionally high accumulation of snow.
People were advised to remain indoors from 4 pm last Thursday, until 6pm on Friday.
Schools and third-level institutions were forced to closed their doors due to the red level weather warning for snow and ice, with many offices following suit.
Many businesses in the city centre also closed their doors for the duration of storm and public transport was cancelled due to the snow-storm.
The majority of schools around the city and county reopened today, and bus services have now returned to normal.
An additional 200 tonnes of salt were brought in by Limerick City and County Council in its efforts to safely clear roads following Storm Emma.
A sustained ploughing and gritting programme has been ongoing since Friday night to ensure all roads were clear and passable.
The weekend passed without any major incidents on the roads, with gardai advising that most people in Limerick heeded the safety advice during the storm, avoided driving and stayed in doors.