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Storm Barney


Flights were cancelled, Darts were suspended and almost 50,000 people were left without power after Storm Barney blasted the country with 129km/h winds.

A status yellow weather alert was put in place yesterday as winds only eased off late in the night. Fallen trees and power cuts won’t be forgotten by anyone soon, but it looks like we might have to brace ourselves for another round of chaotic weather.


Met Éireann are warning that the first round of snows are on their way. Parts of the country have already experienced their first few flurries- but now more of us are going to be breaking out the thermals.

Winds are expected to ease slightly over the next few days but this weekend temperatures are supposed to plunge. Delightful. 

North Connacht and parts of Ulster are expected to see the most of the snowfall over the weekend and people in the area have been warned to be mindful of driving on roads in the affected areas.

Storm Barney wreaked havoc all over the country when it kicked off earlier this week. Wicklow County Council was the busiest local authority yesterday as road crews removed more than 50 trees blocking roads.

Both homes and businesses in Delvin, Gorey, Kilmartin, Ennistymon, Enniscorthy, Ennis, Thurles, Baltinglass, Mountrath, Newcastlewest and Kilcullen were among the last to see power restored on Wednesday night.

We just wonder if the weather report will end up with another celebrity this weekend?




We were warned by Met Éireann that Barney was about to hit – and those rather clever meteorologists weren't wrong either: the storm has well and truly arrived in Ireland.

Indeed, 45,000 people are currently without power: ESB says the outages have been reported in parts Clare, Offaly, Westmeath, Kerry, Tipperary, Kilkenny and Wicklow.

Those in Limerick and Clare have even been told to avoid travel unless absolutely necessary. 

Meanwhile, flights are being diverted from Dublin and Cork airports, while Shannon Airport has recorded a wind speed of an astonishing 129km/h. 

Furthermore, Dawson Street and Trinity Street in Dublin's city centre have now been closed for safety reasons.

And southbound Dart services are currently only operating to/from Dalkey due to a power failure near Killiney.

The Dublin Fire Brigade has instructed those without electricity not to use any naked flames for light other than candles. It added that wheelie bins may need to be tied down. 

This afternoon a Ryanair flight was forced to abort two attempted landings at Shannon – before diverting to Liverpool.

With winds at Cork and Dublin also too strong for flight FR-1183 from London Gatwick, the pilot had to safely steer the craft towards Liverpool instead. 

Aer Lingus flights to and from Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol have all also been cancelled, as have City Jet planes to and from London City Airport.

Met Éireann this evening is saying that it will remain very windy, especially in the east – but that conditions will gradually ease before midnight with good clear spells developing.