Woman dies after caravan blown off cliff during storm

The woman was the sole occupant of the caravan

The woman was the sole occupant of the caravan pictured here.
A woman has died after the caravan she was sleeping in blew off a cliff in Connemara, Co Galway, during Storm Ali.

The woman was the sole occupant of the caravan, which was lifted by strong winds and blown down an incline at Claddaghduff this morning.

Gardaí were notified of the incident at 7.45am after winds in the area kicked up considerably.

Shortly after emergency services accessed the scene the woman’s body was located on the stretch of coastline, which runs between Clifden and Cleggan.

It is understood the woman was a tourist and had been staying at a campsite in Claddaghduff.

The local coroner has been notified of the death and it is expected the woman’s body will be taken to University Hospital Galway where a post-mortem examination will take place.

Bill Heaney reports: The storm has been building up over the past few days with high winds and torrential rain here.

The Claddaghduff shoreline is exposed to the worst of the weather blowing in from the Atlantic and gales of Force 12 are not unheard of here.

This terrible tragedy occurred in an area which we visit often and we were there visiting friends on Monday afternoon and came back to Clifden, where we are staying, via the road shown in the photographs accompanying this RTE report.

We are safe and staying until Sunday at the Station House Hotel in Clifden, which is owned by John Sweeney, whose parents and grandparents owned the Post Office and the Strand Bar there.

The shore at Claddaghduff runs down to a causeway to Omey island which is now unoccupied apart from a few holiday cottages since the last resident, Paschal Whelan, died two years ago.


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