Storm Desmond: Journalist Teresa Mannion becomes internet 'legend' after soggy storm report

A journalist has been hailed a "legend" following a daring live news report in which she was battered by the gales and driving rain of Storm Desmond.

RTÉ news reporter Teresa Mannion quickly became the talk of social media for her 5th December report from the Galway coast, in which she battled against the elements to warn viewers not to risk their lives by venturing out into the wild weather.

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Her piece could be seen as a classic example of the 'journalists-doing-live-reports-in-the-worst-weather-possible' style of reportage, and at least one Twitter user praised Ms Mannion as a "legend".

#TeresaMannion was the top trend in Ireland on Twitter for most of the weekend as memes sprung up and remix artists had a field day with her tenacious report.

Mannion herself seemed unfazed by her new-found internet fame, and - like all good journalists - praised her team for their efforts.

She also told Rte's TEN channel that she had been blown away by the response on Twitter, saying the report had been especially challenging as she had been almost in the eye of Storm Desmond at the time.

She said she was in a "crazy bubble on the prom being blown hither and thither, hoping to be heard over the winds", but added that it's "part and parcel in what we do".

"It is about reporting on serious, treacherous weather conditions," she said.

The UK and Ireland were hit by Storm Desmond at the weekend, with severe flooding, disruption and power cuts affecting many thousands of people.