The thing that went bang in the night was the front gate falling over. Matthew was driving over first thing this morning with yet another load of his mother's books and he found it- and he and I had to drag it out of the way before he could carry on down the drive. Of course he'll be getting the contract to put up a new one. The thing that snapped was the gatepost- which is a great thick thing- and the break occurred about six inches below ground level.
The Irish meteorological office got to name the storm that did the damage because it hit them first. They called it Atiyah.