#StormAli has arrived – Live Updates


19/09/18 10:00 – Many areas without power this morning in Cork, and multiple reports of downed trees and disruptions in Cork due to #StormAli. We’ve got a list of updates available on our Social Media accounts. You can check the latest posts on the home page of our website too.

19/09/18 08:00 – #StormAli has arrived, and strong winds affecting many areas this morning. Reports of downed trees, and debris from branches on roads already. Please take care, slow down and ensure your vehicle is well lit this morning.

18/09/18 23:25 – Tomorrows forecast by Met Éireann:

Tomorrow, Wednesday, will be a windy day – there will be strong southwest gale force winds with severe and damaging gusts, especially in the morning and early afternoon. Heavy rain in the morning will clear to showers in the afternoon. Maximum temperatures of 14 to 16 degrees.

18/09/18 23:20 – An update from Carlow Weather as #StormAli makes its way towards the southwest coast:

18/09/18 21:40 – The opening of the National Ploughing Championships exhibition has been delayed until 11am tomorrow (Wednesday 19th) and will remain open until 7pm due to #StormAli.

18/09/18 21:30 – Latest on #StormAli by Carlow Weather

18/09/18 18:40 –  Update from BBC Forecaster Barra Best on #StormAli:

18/09/18 13:50 – RSA Ireland issue press release ahead of #StormAli:

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is asking road users to exercise caution while using the roads on Wednesday as Met Éireann has issued an orange weather warning for strong winds for Ireland as Storm Ali approaches.

The counties that will be most affected are Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Meath, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry.

South to southwest winds veering westerly will increase to mean speeds between 65 and 80 km/h with gusts between 110 and 120 km/h for a time in some areas. Winds strongest along Atlantic Coasts at first but will extend further east later in the morning.

The RSA is asking road users to check local weather and traffic conditions and be aware of the conditions before setting out on a trip.

The RSA has the following advice for road users:

·         Beware of objects being blown out onto the road. Expect the unexpected.

·         Watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road

·         Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds. High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds

·         Allow extra space between you and vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists

·         Drive with dipped headlights at all times

Advice to Pedestrians, Cyclists and motorcyclists;

·         Be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt.

·         Take extra care when crossing the road or cycling in extremely windy conditions as a sudden gust of wind could blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

For advice on using the road in severe weather, please see severe weather advice on the RSA website or check out the RSA Facebook and Twitter pages.

See video created in collaboration with Teresa Mannion with advice for driving in strong winds here.

Please also see suite of videos focusing on driving in severe weather here.

For more weather updates, visit Met Eireann’s website: www.met.ie

18/09/18 12:55 – Status orange weather warnings are in place for Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Meath, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry however there isn’t any orange warnings for Cork. A status yellow wind warning remains in place nationwide, however, we’ll add any new warnings to this page.
18/09/18 12:30 – Carlow weather are informing that gusts of over 110kmh could be seen in some areas tomorrow morning, starting in the west at around 4am. See their tweet below:

18/09/18 09:00 – #StormAli has been officially named, and is the first storm of the season to be named by Met Éireann and the UK Met Office. It’s expected that warnings may be issued as #StormAli approaches. We’ll have live updates on this page throughout.

Weather Warning: Status Yellow – Wind


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Met Éireann have issued a status yellow, wind warning for Wednesday.

  • Forecasters are forecasting very windy conditions across Ireland from early on Wednesday morning until evening. South to southwest winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65 km/hr with gusts of 90 to 110 km/hr, strongest on southern, western and northern coastal areas.

Issued: Monday 17 September 2018 19:00
Valid: Wednesday 19 September 2018 05:00 to Wednesday 19 September 2018 17:00

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Gardai seek information following an armed raid on bookmakers in Glanmire yesterday.


Gardaí in Glanmire, and Mayfield are seeking the publics assistance for anyone with information to contact them following an armed raid in a bookies in Glanmire yesterday.

A video has emerged on social media which shows the men enter the bookies, armed with hammers and a shotgun and proceed to intimidate staff and hold up customers.

In the video, an elderly gentleman can be seen resisting the raiders and proceeds to give a good ‘boot’ to one of them as they leave the premises.

The incident happened around 6.30PM yesterday (15th September) and the Gardai are now appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Gardaí are also asking for any footage, or witnesses with sightings of any unusual activity relating to a black saloon (Audi A4 or Volkswagen Passat) in the Glanmire area, on Saturday evening.

Contact details for the Gardaí are below:

  • Mayfield Garda Station: 021 455 8510
  • Garda Confidential: 1800 666 111

Emergency Contact Numbers – #StormAli


#StormAli – Important Contact Numbers

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  • Gardaí, Fire, Ambulance and Coast Guard: 999/112
  • ESB Networks: 1850 372 999
  • Gas Networks Ireland: 1850 20 50 50
  • Irish Water: 1850 278 278
  • Cork City Council Emergency: 021 496 6512
  • Cork County Council Emergency: 021 480 0048
  • AA Breakdown Assistance: 01 649 7460
  • South Doc: 1850 335 999
  • CUH: 021 492 2000
  • CUMH: 021 492 0500
  • Cork Dental School & Hospital: 021 490 1100
  • Mercy University Hospital: 021 427 1971
  • South Infirmary Hospital: 021 492 6100
  • Bon Secours Hospital: 021 454 2807
  • Mater Private: 021 601 3200
  • Marymount Hospice: 021 450 1201
  • St Finbarrs Hospital: 021 496 6555
  • Bantry General Hospital: 027 50 133
  • Mallow General Hospital: 022 30 300

The above list is not exhaustive, and if you’re in doubt – dial 999/112 for the Emergency Services.

#StormHelene – Live Weather Updates


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17/09/19 21:00 – A status Yellow Weather warning has been issued by Met Eireann:

  • Forecasters are forecasting very windy conditions across Ireland from early on Wednesday morning until evening. South to southwest winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65 km/hr with gusts of 90 to 110 km/hr, strongest on southern, western and northern coastal areas.

17/09/18 16:00 – Latest briefing from Met Éireann on #StormHelene and the beginning of a very active period of weather this week:

The rest of today will be windy, but winds will moderate away from the south and east coast tonight. The rain today will be heaviest in western and northwestern areas, where warnings are in places. Elsewhere tonight, intense bursts of rain may bring some spot flooding tonight. But most will clear by early Tuesday morning.

A very active period of weather is now expected to follow over the coming days with an assembly line of low pressure systems swinging close to our shores, bringing strong winds and heavy rain at times. There is potential that wind or rainfall warnings will be required in at least some parts of the country over the next few days associated with these Atlantic low pressure systems.

17/09/18 14:30 – Update from Carlow Weather re. #StormHelene:

17/09/18 09:00 – A status yellow weather warning remains in place (and has been pushed an hour earlier) for two counties (Galway and Mayo) however, no warnings are in place yet for Cork. Forecasters are saying that outbreaks of rain and freshening southerly winds are to be expected. Rain is to clear in parts of Munster this afternoon, but more rain is on the way this evening. Warm and humid conditions, and highs of 17°C – 19°C. Some sources are advising of a possible #StormAli, however, this is yet to be announced officially. #StormAli has not yet been named by either Met Eireann, or the UK Met Office.

16/09/18 19:45 – Most recent models are showing that #StormHelene won’t have too much of an impact, however, another system that’s developing which could possibly be named #StormAli could be one to watch. Carlow Weather has more information:

16/09/18 15:56 – Latest briefing from Met Éireann at 12:00 today:

Tropical storm Helene continues to weaken and will transition to an ex tropical storm this afternoon.

It is currently located to the north of the Azores at approximately 43°N and 28°W. It will continue to track northeastwards towards Ireland through the rest of today and Monday.°

On Monday night, ex tropical storm Helene will track northeastwards close to the southeast of Ireland. Current forecasts indicate that south to southeast winds will reach gale or strong gale force over the Celtic Sea and Irish Sea, but will be fresh to strong over land. However, it is possible that yellow level warning criteria may be reached in counties Cork, Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow, Dublin, Meath and Louth. Suitable warnings will be issued if necessary.

Associated weather fronts will bring rain. On Monday, rain will be heavy in west Galway and county Mayo with a risk of flooding. Rainfall warnings have been issued for these counties. On Monday night, rain will spread eastwards across Ireland bringing heavy rain to many areas for a time and a risk of spot flooding. The rain will clear overnight.

16/09/18 15:55 – Update from Carlow Weather regarding #StormHelene:

16/09/18 10:10 – Update from Carlow Weather, and information on a possible #StormAli:

16/09/18 09:30 – Latest update from Met Éireann, and the National Hurricane Center (US.)

15/09/18 16:45Briefing from Met Éireann forecast office regarding Tropical #StormHelene:

The latest guidance has shifted the forecast track of Storm Helene a little westward from yesterday with the centre of the low now tracking up over parts of Ireland instead of mainly up through the Irish Sea. That said, there continues to be large uncertainty in the exact track. Timings are also a little variant, however it still looks as though the main impact will occur on Monday evening/night and early on Tuesday. Yellow level impacts from wind are looking increasingly likely for coastal districts of the east and south, with strong gales or storm force winds for a time in the Celtic and Irish seas. Short interval intense rainfall may occur in places, but due to the speed at which the system is moving through, it is not envisaged at this stage that a rain warning will be required, although this aspect will continue to be examined more closely once our high resolution model guidance becomes available on Sunday. Met Éireann forecasters will continue to monitor the situation and issue warnings, as required, closer to the time.

15/09/18 16:12 Latest update from Met Eireann:

15/09/18 12:00 – Further updates from Cork – All Things Weather:

15/09/2018 09:00 – Update by Cork – All Things Weather

Well as we draw closer to meeting #StormHelene it’s time for the next update. You’ll be glad to hear that it will be only a glance with the winds but the rain will fall for sure.

  • Prior to #StormHelene’s arrival we have Joyce which will glide up the west coast this evening as you can see in the chart above. Nothing much to say really except it will be mainly the west coast that have her company.
  • Cork will get some wind and rain which will follow in a later forecast.
  • Anyway back to #StormHelene which is no longer a hurricane but currently downgraded to a tropical storm will arrive to our southern shores on Monday night around 11pm or possibly midnight at present. 
  • Any Weather Warnings issued may only be for rain, more so than the wind. While the wind will be strong at 24mph and gusts of 52mph the rain will be heavy.
    • This may change between now and Monday night.
  • The biggest thing about these storms at present is that with Joyce being named gives us 4 disturbances in the Atlantic and if the disturbance in the gulf gets named then a record 5 and a total of 7 globally at present.

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TONIGHT 14th September: We can expect showers tonight turning scattered later in the evening. It will be mainly dry otherwise. We can expect low of 7°C – 11°C.

SATURDAY 15th September: Saturday will be mainly dry with a few showers expected. We can expect strong to gusty winds as the day progresses. Highest temperatures of 14°C – 18°C.

SUNDAY 16th September: Any further rain will clear southeastwards on Sunday, winds easing and brighter conditions with some scattered showers will follow. In the southeast, rain may linger until late afternoon. Temperatures ranging from 15°C – 20°C.

MONDAY 17th September: Monday is expected to start dry, and rain is likely to develop later in the afternoon. Quite warm with highest temperatures of 17°C to 22°C. Further light southerly winds to increase moderate to fresh later in the afternoon.

It is expected that the tropical #StormHelene may hit Ireland’s south coast on Monday night, possibly Tuesday, at the moment it is likely to just be wet and windy spells and no severe damaging weather has yet been forecast.

In a statement on their website; Met Éireann say:

The current forecast is that “Storm Helene” or “ex-Tropical Storm Helene” will be to the south of Ireland on Monday night. Current guidance has the low pressure system moving northeastwards up through the Irish Sea overnight Monday and early on Tuesday, although the exact path is still uncertain. A humid spell of wet and windy weather is expected to sweep up over Ireland on Monday night and early Tuesday as a result. Current guidance suggests the potential for warning level winds and perhaps rain with the system. There remains some uncertainty in the track of the system. Met Éireann forecasters will continue to monitor the situation and issue warnings, as required, closer to the time.

Full Met Éireann forecast available here.

Author: Jayde – CSA

Data Breach: Cork City Park by Phone


It’s been announced this evening that the Cork City ‘Park by Phone’ service has suffered a data breach and users personal information has been obtained by a third party.

In a statement sent this evening to customers, ParkMagic stated that a breach had occurred, however, are reassuring users that no bank account, credit/debit card information, account balances or passwords was accessed.

Information that may have been compromised:

  • Car registrations
  • Mobile Phone Numbers
  • Email Addresses

Read the full statement from ParkMagic below:

“We wish to advise our customers that a data breach of the Cork City Park by Phone service has occurred.

No personal bank account or credit/ debit card details were accessed, no account balances were altered and no passwords were compromised. However, it is possible that other personal data such as car registrations, mobile numbers and email addresses may have been accessed.

This breach has now been addressed and the relevant authorities have been notified (Data Protection Commissioner and An Garda Siochana) and further detailed investigations are underway.

Please note that ParkMagic will never contact you requesting your bank account or credit/ debit card details.

If you have any concerns please contact:

support@corkcityparkbyphone.ie or 021 4924025″


Gardai are on the lookout for an armed man following an assault in Ballincollig


Gardai are investigating an assault which occurred in the early hours of this morning in Ballincollig, Co. Cork. An employee from a casino located off Times Square in Ballincollig was assaulted by an armed assailant outside her place of employment. The female staff member was threatened, and assualted as she was approached by a masked man who is said to have been armed with a firearm.

The assailant was described as being:

  • 5ft 6” – 5ft 9” tall
  • Wearing Blue Jeans
  • Black Shoes
  • Black Jacket

Anyone who may have information, or who was in the Ballincollig Main Street area between midnight and 1.30am who may have witnessed anything unusual, to contact them.

  • Ballincollig Garda Station: 021 421 4680
  • Garda Confidential: 1800 666 111

Back to School Time: Road Safety Authority urges parents to ensure children are properly restrained in vehicles

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Road Safety Authority urges parents to ensure children are properly restrained in vehicles

  • RSA research shows that one in 10 children are still not being restrained
    when travelling in the back seat
  • RSA & ESB Networks to distribute high visibility packs to every child starting school this year
  • Back to school road safety packs available for all primary schools


 Thursday 23 August. The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána are appealing to parents, guardians and teachers to ensure road safety, in particular seatbelt safety, is on the back to school lesson plan for all school children. RSA research shows that 10% of children travelling in the back seat of vehicles are not using proper restraints such as child car seats or seat belts.

In 2017, the RSA conducted a nationwide study that observed seatbelt usage by 3,861 children both in the front and the rear seats of the vehicle. As part of the study, 93% of children were observed wearing seatbelts however when observing children in the rear of the vehicle only, compliance dropped to 89%. While overall seatbelt usage rates by children has improved from 88% of children observed wearing a seatbelt in 2016, the figures show that some parents are still allowing their children to travel in cars without being securely buckled in.

Commenting on the launch of this year’s back-to-school campaign, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross said: “With children returning to school over the coming weeks, traffic levels will increase, and motorists need to be mindful of our most vulnerable road users. I am asking parents to ensure any child travelling in their vehicle is using their seatbelt or the correct child restraint, and to educate children to be vigilant when out walking or cycling to school. It’s important to ensure they have all the correct safety gear; high-visibility jackets, lights and helmets for doing so and I must commend ESB Networks and the RSA for providing free high visibility jackets to all children starting primary school.”

Liz O’Donnell, Chairperson, Road Safety Authority said: “An RSA observational study carried out in 2017 shows that one in 10 children are still not being restrained properly by their parents or guardians in the back seat. This is very worrying especially when you consider that the most dangerous thing a child does each day is travel as a passenger in a car. A child cannot be responsible for their own safety. It’s up to us as responsible adults to do the right thing to ensure their safety. Every child travelling in a car must use a child car seat or wear a seatbelt. I am urging parents to ensure that children are safely and securely restrained, even on the shortest trip.”

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Assistant Commissioner David Sheahan, An Garda Síochána, National Roads Policing Unit, said: “The non-wearing of seatbelts by children under 17 is not only against the law but is extremely dangerous. We continue to see fatalities where a vehicle occupant was not wearing a seatbelt and therefore had no protection in a collision. By law, all children under 150cms in height or 36kgs in weight must use a child restraint system (CRS) suitable for their height and weight while travelling in a car. Drivers have a legal responsibility to ensure that all passengers under 17 are appropriately restrained in the vehicle. The penalty for drivers who permit a child to travel in a vehicle without being properly restrained is 3 penalty points and €60 fixed charge.”

As well as the ‘seatbelt safety’ message, the RSA is reminding parents to ensure their child is visible when walking or cycling on the roads, or when waiting for the school bus.

For the eighth year running, the RSA and ESB Networks will distribute free high visibility vests to every child starting school in September. To date, this partnership has provided 880,000 children throughout the country with high visibility vests. Schools can now register online for the RSA’s ‘Back to School’ road safety packs which will be sent to primary schools nationwide over the coming months.

Paul Mulvaney, Executive Director, Networks Customer Delivery, ESB Networks, said: “We are delighted to partner with the RSA again to ensure that school children are visible on the roads. Safety is at the heart of what we do in ESB Networks and this partnership is just one element of our wider ‘Stay Safe. Stay Clear’ educational initiative for primary school children. This is the eighth year of our high visibility vest delivery programme, ensuring that our youngest road users can be seen when they are out and about. We encourage all schools to register for the ‘Back to School’ packs and to remain safe by being seen.”

Teachers are encouraged to register online at rsa.ie/backtoschool for the RSA ‘Back to School’ Pack for Primary Schools, which contains:

  • A high-visibility vest for every child starting school in partnership with ESB Networks;
  • ‘Going to School’ leaflets for junior infants entering education. This is a parent’s guide to getting children to school safely;
  • A ‘Safe Cross Code’ promotional pack including a CD of the song and a poster with the words of the ‘Safe Cross Code’ song and dance to be taught in the classroom;
  • The ‘Educational News’ newsletter;
  • ESB Networks safety information leaflet about a fun, exciting and educational way for pupils from Infants to 6th Class to discover the benefits of electricity, while learning to be safe around it

The RSA has also issued recommendations to schools if they intend to hire a bus to carry children to sporting or extracurricular activities. The bus company concerned should be asked to confirm in writing that it is providing safe and legal transport services. The RSA has compiled a useful Declaration of Compliance which outlines a checklist of important minimum legal requirements from bus owners. This can be downloaded and printed off from www.cvrt.ie.

eir Data Breach – Up to 37,000 customers affected

Image: CC. William Murphy (via Flickr.)

It has been announced today that up to 37,000 eir customers have been affected by a data breach following the theft of a staff laptop, the company announced this morning.

Eir have said that the laptop which was unencrypted was stolen from an offsite office, on Sunday August 12th. eir has stated that no financial data was stored on the laptop and the affected data only includes Names, Email Addresses, Phone Numbers and eir account numbers.

In a statement, eir have said:

“eir treats privacy and protection of all data extremely seriously and our policy is that all company laptops should be encrypted as well as password protected. In this case the laptop had been decrypted by a faulty security update the previous working day.

We are reviewing our IT and data protection systems and policies to ensure a situation like this cannot happen again.

If you do not receive correspondence from us regarding your account then you are not affected.”

Customers concerned can see more information on eir’s website by clicking here.

(Featured image: Licenced under CC. William Murphy (via Flickr.)

Bus Eireann Press Release – Limited availability remaining on special inter-city services for Pope Francis visit


Limited availability remaining on special inter-city services for Pope Francis visit
Bus Éireann operating significantly enhanced service this Sunday

Special Bus Éireann inter-city services to Dublin and Knock for Pope Francis’s visit have limited remaining availability and customers are urged to purchase online before bookings close this Friday afternoon.

Over 500,000 people are expected to visit Dublin City on Sunday 26th August where Mass will be celebrated by Pope Francis in the Phoenix Park.
Another 45,000 patrons are expected to attend Knock, which the Pope will visit on Sunday morning. An Garda Síochána have urged motorists and the public to use public transport to travel there. 

In order to cater for anticipated demand, Bus Éireann will operate a greatly enhanced schedule which will see overall capacity increasingby over 100% this Sunday. Over 800 trips on both commuter and Expressway services will provide for over 30,000 passenger journeys to and from Dublin City on the day. All other services in the Greater Dublin Area will operate as normal with diversions and likely delays – along with restricted stops – in some cases.

Expressway intercity services to Dublin and Knock

To facilitate additional demand, a number of special Expressway intercity services will operate to and from Dublin City and Knock.

Availability on these services is limited and with tickets selling quickly, customers are advised to purchase their seat on these services as soon as possible.

Customers who book on these services can enjoy the comfort of being guaranteed a seat while enjoying shortened journey time due tolimited stops.

Details on these special services are as follows:

Route 2           Wexford (0700), Enniscorthy (0720), Gorey (0745) & Arklow (0800)
Route 4           New Ross (0630), Waterford (0700) & Carlow (0800)
Route X8         Cork (0600), Fermoy (0630), Mitchelstown (0650), Cahir (0715) & Cashel (0730)
Route 12         Limerick (0630), Nenagh (0710), Roscrea (0740) & Portlaoise (0810)
Route X20       Galway (0530), Loughrea (0600), Ballinasloe (0630) & Athlone (0700)
Route 22         Ballina (0630), Swinford (0730), Charlestown (0710) & Longford (0910)
Route 23         Sligo (0630), Boyle (0650) & Carrick-on-Shannon (0715)
Route 30         Donegal (0530), Ballyshannon (0550), Enniskillen (0630), Cavan (0720) & Virginia (0805)
Route 32         Letterkenny (0530), Strabane (0600), Omagh (0630), Monaghan (0715), Castleblayney (0750) & Carickmacross (0805)
Route 100X     Dundalk (0730) & Drogheda (0800)

All return services will depart Busáras at 1900

Route 64         Galway (0600), Tuam (0632) & Ballyhaunis (0710)

Route 64         Sligo (0600), Tubbercurry (0635) & Charlestown (0645)

All return services will depart Knock at 1300

Tickets for these services must be purchased in advance on www.buseireann.ie/popeinireland

All other Bus Éireann Expressway intercity services (including those to/from Dublin) will run as normal and family return tickets represent real value. Book here at www.expressway.ie

Diversions in Dublin City Centre

Due to the scale of events taking place in Dublin city centre, customers are advised to allow extra time for their journey and that a number of our routes will be diverted and may operate from alternative stops.

Please log onto www.buseireann.ie/popeinireland for further information.

Issued August 21st, 2018