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Strong winds and heavy rain are forecast for Monday as ex-hurricane Ophelia makes it way across the Atlantic and up towards Ireland.

Met Éireann has this morning warned that counties in Munster and south Leinster will likely see the most damaging effects of the storm.

“The winds will veer southwesterly as the low pressure system tracks northwards over western parts of the country. Flooding is threatened due to potentially heavy falls of rain and very high seas. Top temperatures of 15 to 19 degrees.”

“There are likely to be changes to the warnings which will be updated later this morning, pending the latest up to date guidance. This is an evolving situation and your patience is appreciated.”

The latest cautioning comes after Status Red weather warnings were issued for Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork and Kerry.

A Status Orange wind warning is in place for the rest of the country and road users have been urged to check traffic conditons before travelling.

Brian Farrell, Communications Manager with the RSA, said cyclists need to be particularly careful.


Yesterday, the Irish rugby world was brought to a standstill as Munster paid its respects to the late Anthony Foley in Thomond Park.

Following a week of mourning which began last Sunday when news broke that the coach had died aged 42 from respiratory failure, the Munster team bet Glasgow Warriors 38-17 before joining his young sons on the pitch to perform a powerful rendition of Stand Up and Fight.

Continuing the trend of paying tribute though music, DCU’s Music Society has now released a stunning version of The Fields of Athenry in memory of Axel.

Appearing on the group’s Facebook page yesterday, the video has been viewed over 6,000 times, with commentators praising the goose bump inducing performance.

Check it out below:


A renewed appeal for vigilance has been issued to Tipperary and north Cork residents following the confirmation of yet another case of measles in the region.

Addressing the outbreak, which came to public attention in May, public health consultant Dr Kevin Kelleher reminded Morning Ireland listeners that specific steps should be taken if you suspect you or someone you know has been infected with measles.

According to Dr. Kelleher, symptoms – which include high fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes and a red rash – should not be ignored, with those exhibiting signs of the condition advised to stay at home, contact their GP and avoid visitors.

With 38 confirmed cases since the outbreak earlier this year, Dr. Kelleher explained: "This case is still part of the whole group of cases that we’ve been speaking about for the last two or three months and it just shows how the trend can go on."

Reminding the public that measles is 'quite infectious', Dr. Kelleher explained: "It does just need a bit of contact like being in the same place as someone for a brief period of time."

In addition to advising Munster residents of the latest case, Dr.Kelleher explained that some confirmed cases were as a result of being imported into the country and not specifically connected to the outbreak.

"The cases we’re talking about have come about as a result of people travelling to parts of Europe and coming back with measles as a result," he explained.

"Your measles vaccine is as important as having your passport ready," he explained. "Because there are parts of Europe where people often go on holiday where measles is still endemic."

According to the HSE, vaccination is the best method of prevention.



For the second year in a row, the all-girls Coláiste Laurel Hill in Limerick has been named as the best school in the country.

Everyone single one of its students have progressed on to third-level institutions in the last three academic years: 92.4 percent of those places have been at universities.

The Sunday Times' Schools Guide also declares Coláiste Na Coiribe in Galway as Ireland's best mixed schoolwhile Presentation Brothers College in Mardyke, Cork, is the best performing boys school.

Kate Butler says in today's edition: "Munster has generally being doing extremely well," also highlighting that even though it only has half the population of Leinster, Munster has almost as many schools listed in the Top 100.

Coláiste Laurel Hill is a non-fee paying school, but Dublin private schools are well-represented too: Gonzaga, Alexandra College, and Mount Anville all feature.

Furthermore, Limerick's famed Glenstal Abbey, which charges €18,000 a year for boarders and close-to €11,000 annually for day-pupils, appears.

The Ten Top rated schools are listed below, with last year's position in brackets:

  1. (1) Laurel Hill Colaiste FCJ, Sth Circular Rd, Limerick. Girls.
  2. (7) Presentation Brothers College, Mardyke, Cork. Boys.
  3. (9) Scoil Mhuire, Sidney Place, Cork. Girls.
  4. (3) Colaiste Iosagain, Blackrock, Co Dublin. Girls.
  5. (4) Gonzaga College, Ranelagh, Dublin 6. Boys.
  6. (6) Alexandra College, Milltown, Dublin 6. Girls. 
  7. (2) Glenstal Abbey School, Murroe, Co Limerick. Boys.
  8. (5) Mount Anville Secondary School, Dublin 14. Girls.
  9. (8) Colaiste na Coiribe, Tuam Road, Galway. Mixed.
  10. (22) Jesus & Mary Secondary School, Salthill, Galway. Girls.

The former Ireland international rugby star and his fiancé of one year tied the knot day in Marbella.

The pair got engaged this time last year in Barbados. Peter got down on one knee at the five-star hotel Sandy Lane – incidently the same place where Tiger Woods married his now ex-wife Elin Nordegren in 2004.

The former model from Cork and wore a beautiful tight-fitting dress with a fishtail and long veil. She also shared a photo of her fabulous LK Bennett shoes on Instagram.

Her new husband and former Munster player chose navy for his suit, and a pale pink tie. The bridesmaid wore a lust-worthy pair of Jimmy Choo heels with her beige below-the-knee dress.

Nadia Forde, Paul O’Connell and Donncha O’Callaghan were among the high-profile guests who joined the happy couple for their Big Day. 

While the couple have decided to postpone their honeymoon until later in the year, they will be spending the rest of the week enjoying their newly wedded bliss in sunny southern Spain.