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Acting on health and safety advice, officials in Llimerick have made the decision to cancel the events due to take place this evening as part of the city's New Year's Eve festivities.

With threats of severe weather and flooding due to the arrival of Storm Dylan, Limerick Council have confirmed that tonight's celebrations will not be going ahead as previously anticipated.

According to a recent report in The Journal, the erection of flood barriers along Clancy Strand, O’Callaghan Strand and the boardwalks will prevent the use of these sites for New Year's Eve-related events.

"Clancy Strand is the event site for the large scale projection mapping onto King John’s Castle and unfortunately due to the risk of flooding this area is not available for use by the event management company," the council explained.

Commenting on the decision which was made on Friday, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Service with Limerick City and County Council, Caroline Curley, said, that the move was not made lightly.

"It is with great regret that this decision has been taken, but in the interests of information from the event’s safety officer, the impact of the weather on the installation and rigging of the event and the safety of the tens of thousands of people expected to come out for the New Year’s Eve Extravaganza, it was decided to postpone the entire event."

Ms Curley did, however, confirm that the event will be incorporated into future festivities, adding: "The extravaganza will still take place at a later date, the event will now happen as part of Limerick’s St Patrick’s Festival 2018."



It's looks like we're in for a wet and windy start to the New Year as Storm Dylan arrives just in time for the celebrations.

Met Éireann have issued fresh weather warnings ahead of the storm's approach with severe winds expected in most parts of the country.

A Status Orange wind warning is in place for Connacht, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Longford, Louth, Westmeath, Meath and Clare. 

Western and northern counties are expected to be worst hit, with west to southwest winds reaching mean speeds of 65 to 80 km/h with gusts of 110 to 125 km/h.

A Status Yellow wind warning is also in place for counties Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Wexford, Wicklow, Offaly, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford where winds are expected to reach mean speeds of 45 to 65 km/h with gusts of 90 to 110 km/h.

Both warnings were updated at 8:00am on Saturday December 30, and remain vail from 9:00pm tonight to 12:00 pm on Sunday afternoon. 



Met Éireann have issued both orange and yellow weather warnings to the public ahead of Storm Dylan's arrival this weekend.

According to their official website, Connacht, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Longford, Louth, Westmeath and Meath received an orange warning, and should prepare themselves for adverse weather conditions.

"Storm Dylan is expected to affect Ireland on Saturday night /early Sunday morning. Its expected track is northeastwards through Donegal Bay and up along the north-Ulster coast," reads the site.

"The biggest impact from the storm will be across Connacht and Ulster where mean winds will reach speeds of 60 to 80 km/h with gusts of up to 120km/h."

Munster, Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow and Offaly also received yellow weather warnings.

"Southwest winds from Storm Dylan will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65km/h with gusts up to 100 km/h on Saturday night /early Sunday morning," the forecast confirmed.

Met Éireann's Twitter reiterated the reports, explaining: "Storm Dylan will affect Ireland on Saturday night to early Sunday morning. Orange and Yellow Weather Warnings for Wind have been issued for most counties of Ireland."

The warning will remain in place until 06.00 on Sunday.

Stay safe, ladies.