The list of storm names for the 2019/2020 storm season have been released by Met Éireann

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Met Éireann have published a list of the Storm Names, for the 2019/2020 storm season. Met Éireann and the UK Met Office, along with new storm naming partner KNMI (the Dutch National Weather Service) have unveiled the list of names.

Met Éireann say: 

First introduced by Met Éireann and the UK Met Office in 2015, the Name our Storms campaign has helped raise awareness of the threat and impact of severe weather in Ireland and Britain before it hits. Now in its fifth year, Met Éireann and the UK Met Office have been joined by the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI).

A storm is named by a National Met Service when Orange or Red level winds are forecast to impact over a wide land area. Orange or Red level gusts can occur in exposed areas without the event being named.

Once a storm is named by any National Met Service globally, that name is retained if the storm moves into our waters. For example: Ophelia was named by the National Hurricane Center (USA) and Emma by IPMA (Portugal).

This summer Met Éireann and the UK Met Office received thousands of suggestions from the public following a call for people to send in ideas for future storm names. The three national met services then worked together to compile the suggested names and chose some of the most popular names along with names that reflect the three nations’ diversity.

Evelyn Cusack is Head of Forecasting at Met Éireann and is also Chair of the European Storm Naming Group:
‘The naming of storms by National Met Services as well as colour coding weather warnings provides a clear, authoritative and consistent message to the public and prompts people to take action to prevent harm to themselves or to their property.’

Evelyn added: ‘We are overwhelmed with the huge response to our public call for storm names and please don’t be too disappointed if your name hasn’t been used as you will get another chance next year.’

Gerard van der Steenhoven, Director General at Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI):
“We are looking forward to intensifying our collaboration with the UK Met Office and Met Éireann on storm forecasting. As storms are not confined to national borders, it makes a lot of sense to give common names to such extreme weather events. As many people are traveling – sometimes on a daily basis – between our countries, the use of common names will make it a lot easier for them to appreciate the hazards represented by a large storm system. For us at KNMI, it is a great privilege and advantage to work – from now on – in close co-operation with our colleagues from Ireland and the UK in the communication about storms.”

Eoin Moran, Director of Met Éireann:
“Met Éireann is delighted to collaborate with our colleagues in the UK Met Office and KNMI in this storm naming initiative.”

Derrick Ryall, Associate Director of Public Weather Service at the Met Office said:
“In addition to Met Office weather warnings, the storm naming scheme has been proved to raise awareness of severe weather in the UK, providing a consistent message to the public and crucially helping people to make better decisions so they can stay safe and thrive.”




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Operation to recover vehicles from Douglas Village Shopping Centre begins – watch here!

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The operation to recover the vehicles from Douglas Village Shopping Centre has commenced today. We were live at Douglas Village as the first car was lifted by a specially adapted crane, and safely recovered.

The vehicles will be removed to a compound in Douglas where an assessment will take place before the owners can collect them. Approximately 200 vehicles need to be removed from the Shopping Centre Car Park. Traffic restrictions remain in place on the link road between Douglas East, and Douglas West.

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Arrest made following a robbery at a shop on Parnell Place on 2nd September

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Gardaí have arrested a juvenile in his mid-teens in relation to a robbery at a shop on Parnell Place on the 2nd September 2019.

Shortly after 15:30, Gardaí in Anglesea Street received a report after a male armed with what is believed to be a hockey stick entered a shop on Parnell Place, threatened staff, and left the scene with a sum of cash.

A description of the suspect was circulated to Gardaí on patrol in the area and he was arrested near the scene. He was detained at Bridewell Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 and has since been released. A file will be prepared under the Juvenile Diversion Programme




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Gardaí issue renewed appeal following a serious sexual assault on 24th August 2019

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Gardaí investigating a serious sexual assault of a female that occurred in the Connolly Rd / Vicars Rd area of Ballyphehane, Cork, in the early hours of 24/08/19 are renewing their appeal for anyone with information to come forward.

Gardaí are particularly interested in speaking to a man who made an anonymous phone call to Togher Garda Station in relation to the incident on the morning of 24/08/19.

Gardaí are appealing for this man or anyone who may have information to contact Togher Garda Station on 021 494712 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

Investigations are ongoing.




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Despite reports on Social Media, there was no attempted child abductions in Cork City yesterday

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Update from Gardaí on reported child abductions in the Northside of the City last night:

Gardaí made inquires into an alleged incident involving a motorist and youths on Blarney Street yesterday afternoon, and from enquries to date there is nothing to suggest this was and attempted abduction incident.

In a separate and unrelated matter Gardaí attended a location in Knocknaheeney following reports of a suspect car in the area and a possible suspicious approach.

Following local inquires it was established that no car was in the area at the time and no complaint was forthcoming.




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The Morning After: Fire in Douglas is extinguished – crews remain on scene – traffic restrictions remain in place

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Update 1/9/19 08:50
The Fire at Douglas Village Shopping Centre has been extinguished, and fire crew remain on scene to monitor the building. It’s thought that up to 60 vehicles were damaged last night.

Restrictions remain in place in the Douglas area this morning. The Link Road between Douglas east and west is closed, also Church Road.

The N40 South Ring Road, westbound, is down to one lane. Between Mahon and the Kinsale Road Roundabout.

The fire was contained to one section of cars on the first floor of the multi-storey car park. Photos of the aftermath in the tweet below:

The link road between #Douglas East and Douglas west has now been closed as emergency services deal with the fire in Douglas Village Shopping Centre.

Gardaí are urging motorists to take care in the area as visibility is being affected in the Douglas area, as far as the N40 South Ring Road.




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Flood warning issued for Cork City Centre as high astronomical spring tides Friday 30th & Saturday 31st August

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Cork City Council is warning that there will be a period of high astronomical Spring tides this Friday 30th and Saturday 31st August 2019.
There is a risk that some roads & parking areas along low-lying quays in the City Centre may suffer localised spot flooding during high tides:

  • South Terrace
  • Morrison’s Quay
  • Fr Matthew Quay
  • Trinity Bridge
  • Union Quay
  • Wandesford Quay
  • Frenche’s Quay
  • Crosses Green
  • Kyrl’s Quay

High tide is expected:

  • Friday: 18:29
  • Saturday: 06:51 and 19:14

Traffic restrictions may be in place at these locations, during these times.




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A status yellow rainfall warning is no longer in place for Cork

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Met Éireann have issued a status yellow – rainfall warning for Cork, valid from Friday 30 August 2019 06:00 to Saturday 31 August 2019 06:00.

  • Forecasters are warning that rain will turn heavy and persistent on Friday and Friday night bringing the risk of localised flooding. Rainfall totals of 30-50mm are expected during the period, higher in mountainous areas.

Issued/Updated: Thursday 29 August 2019 09:00
Valid: Friday 30 August 2019 06:00 to Saturday 31 August 2019 06:00




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Gardaí in Togher are appealing for witnesses following an alleged sexual assault on Saturday in Ballyphehane

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Gardaí in Togher, are appealing for witnesses in relation to an investigation into an alleged serious sexual assault on a female in the early hours of Saturday, 24th August 2019.

Investigating Gardaí understand that the alleged incident occurred in the vicinity of Connolly Rd/ Vicars Rd, Ballyphehane.

Gardaí wish to make contact with any persons who were in the Connolly Rd/ Vicars Rd area between 4am and 7am on the morning of 24/8/19 and noticed anything suspicious or motorists who may have dash cam footage to please contact investigating Gardaí at the incident room at Togher Garda Station on 021-494712, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.




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RSA, ESB Networks and An Garda Síochána urge caution and vigilance around school gates

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RSA & ESB Networks to distribute high visibility vests to every child starting school this year and back to school road safety packs available for all schools.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA), ESB Networks and An Garda Síochána are appealing to parents, guardians and teachers to ensure road safety is on the back to school lesson plan for all school children. As children return to school it is also important to remind motorists to be mindful of our most vulnerable road-users.

A total of 35 children aged 15 and under have been killed on Irish roads in the 5 years from 2014-2018. Of these, 18 were passengers and 13 were pedestrians. The RSA is reminding parents to ensure their child is visible when walking or cycling to school, or when waiting for the school bus and is restrained correctly in the back of the car.

Speaking at the launch of this year’s back-to-school campaign, Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive, Road Safety Authority said: “With children returning to school over the coming days, road users need to be extra vigilant. In addition to the inevitable increased traffic levels, motorists and other road users should be conscious of children walking and cycling to and from school. Drivers need to pay attention to their speed, particularly in urban areas.

Congestion at the school gates is another particularly serious problem, with parents often double parking, or parking on yellow lines to drop their children off. The result is incredibly dangerous: small children weaving in and out of parked and moving cars at the school gate, many of whom are too small to be seen by drivers pulling in and out. Therefore, we are encouraging parents and teachers to be as proactive as possible when it comes to road safety. Parents can ensure their children are wearing high-visibility vests and when cycling make sure they are wearing a safety helmet and that their bikes should are properly equipped with bell, lights and reflective strips. Teachers can do their bit by educating children in road safety best practice at an early age.”

The RSA is also reminding parents when driving their child to school that it is important to ensure that they are properly secured in the correct seating. They should be secured in the back seat in a restraint appropriate to their individual height and weight. Children under 150cms in height or weighing less than 36 kilograms must use the correct child restraint when travelling in cars. Parents should also be mindful not to park their cars on the footpath while dropping their child to school, as this can obstruct pedestrians and may incur a penalty.

Chief Superintendent Paul Cleary, Garda National Roads Policing Bureau commented: “It’s vital that we do everything we can to protect children on the roads. This includes wearing high visibility material when out walking or cycling, using a seatbelt or appropriate restraint when travelling by car or bus, and using protective equipment such as a helmet. It’s also really important that adults and young adults demonstrate safe behaviour around young people, so if you’re a parent, grandparent, older brother or sister, make sure you set a good example any time you use the road.”

For the ninth 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.

Mark Madigan, Senior Health and Safety Manager, ESB Networks, said: “We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with RSA to ensure that school children are visible on the roads and around school gates. Wearing a high-vis vest is so important whether you are walking, cycling or travelling on the school bus. We encourage all schools to utilise high-visibility materials to ensure children can be safe, by being seen. Our partnership with the RSA reflects ESB Networks’ ongoing commitment to promoting safety. This initiative is part of our wider ‘Stay Safe, Stay Clear’ electrical safety campaign which we are promoting throughout schools in the Republic of Ireland.”




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