‘Tie your trampolines down’, warns Iarnród Éireann after disruption

Iarnród Éireann has urged people living near railway lines to tie down their trampolines.

Meanwhile in Co Galway, a family is trying to reunite a trampoline which landed in their back garden with its owners.

The rail company issued its appeal following two freak incidents during Thursday’s storm which saw domestic trampolines sent flying by storm force winds causing minor disruption to rail services.

One trampoline caught by the winds caused damage to overhead rail lines near Blackrock in Dublin.

Another trampoline, which was blown on to a rail track, was struck by the 7.10am Waterford to Dublin train at Kiltorcan.

“The trampoline came out worst,” said company spokesman Barry Kenny.

It was the first time the company has experienced such issues with trampolines, he said.

Meanwhile in Galway, one family woke yesterday morning to find a huge trampoline had landed in their back garden.

Malachy Duggan and his family were well tucked up for the raging storm on St Stephen’s Day at the Binn Bhan estate in Knocknacarra, and went to bed with the wind howling outside.

But when his wife Carrie got up early yesterday morning, she could hardly believe her eyes.

“From all the noise she was making, I thought it must have been snowing heavily, but then I saw the trampoline,” said Malachy.

“It had been blown right through our back fence and into the garden. We have no idea where it came from or who owns it.”

The large trampoline was partially damaged and came to rest in the back half of Malachy’s rear garden, with part of the structure suspended on his fence.

He spent the morning trying to figure out where it had come from: “We have no idea who owns it.

“We thought at first that it belonged to our neighbours as they have a trampoline, but it wasn’t — theirs is much smaller.

“It must have blown from a garden somewhere in the vicinity. Either that, or Santa’s aim was a little bit off.”


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