Storm Gareth rips ivy covering from wall of Ahoghill home

Shauna Loughran


Shauna Loughran

AN Ahoghill family felt the wrath of Storm Gareth as well established ivy was ripped from the gable wall of their Glebe Cottage home.

Storm Gareth raged through the borough last Tuesday.

Thunder roared while flashes of lightning lit up the sky.

And for the Allen family, the storm left them with a great big clear up on their hands!

Kenny Allen told the Guardian: “At around 9.30pm both my wife Sylvia and I heard what we thought was a roll of thunder and we knew we were in for a stormy night from Storm Gareth.

“At around 9.45pm my son Gary came in through the back door an asked if we had seen the side of the house.


“We both went out to see the ivy, that had previously covered the whole gable end of our cottage, had peeled off the wall like a carpet.

“The wall was left in a state but looking at the positive side, there did not seem to be any damage caused to the plaster and there were no cracks or loose render.

“With the help of a friend Eddie Waring, both my son Gary and myself managed to cut the ivy into sections and stack it up ready for removal.

“We believe that with a good scrape down and couple of coats of a decent masonry paint we should have the gable looking well again in a couple of weeks.”

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