Beast from the East

  • All 33 of this weekend's Allianz National League have been postponed due to the adverse weather conditions.

    The fifth round of Hurling League games will now be played next weekend with quarter-finals moved to St Patrick's weekend.

    The semis will be played a week later with the final pushed back to the 31st of March.

    Round Five of the Football League will be rescheduled for the weekend of March 11th. Any exceptions to the above will be addressed in the revised fixture programme to be issued on Monday. 

    Meanwhile All Lidl National Football League games scheduled for this weekend have been postponed, due to adverse weather conditions. 

    Counties involved in Division 3 and 4 will play this round on the weekend of the 17th/18th March and Counties involved in Division 1 and 2 will play their games on the weekend of the 7th/8th April.


    With temperatures across the West falling as low as minus 3 overnight, a bitterly cold weather front from Siberia will hit Ireland today.

    The Arctic weather front, nicknamed The Beast from the East, will bring scattered snow showers along the east coast to begin, but scattered wintry showers will spread westwards across the country by this evening.

    Very cold again tonight with a severe frost and icy stretches, and temperatures across Connacht fall to between minus 2 and minus 6 degrees.

    The country is braced for transport chaos, widespread school closures and disruptions to supermarket supplies later in the week, as Storm Emma hits on Thursday & Friday.

    The storm will see temperatures plunge to -10C, with blizzard-like conditions expected in Dublin, Leinster, the Midlands, Ulster and north Connacht.

    Defence Forces teams will be on standby to support the emergency services.

    The Irish Red Cross is making ambulances available, while the Irish Coastguard and Air Corps will be on standby for any medical cases in areas which are inaccessible due to ice and snow.

    Taoiseach Leo Varadker is urging people to heed the weather warnings that are issued in the coming days…

    A Status Orange snow and ice warning is already in place for today in Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Laois, Louth, Wicklow and Meath – but Met Éireann say they now expect that to be upgraded to Status Red alert later in the week.

  • The District Court sitting in Castlebar tomorrow Thursday 1st March has been adjourned due to the severe weather. All cases will stand adjourned to Castlebar Court on 15th March, 2018 at 10.30 am.

    The District Court sitting in Ballina on Friday 2nd March has been adjourned due to the severe weather. All cases will stand adjourned to Ballina Court on 6th April, 2018 at 10.30 am.

  • The Football Association of Ireland can confirm that all games scheduled to take place in the SSE Airtricity League this weekend have been postponed.

    Following a detailed monitoring process, where the FAI worked closely with all clubs, it was decided to postpone all games in the Premier and First Divisions due to current severe weather conditions and future forecasts from Met Eireann.

    Below is a list of rescheduled fixtures with kick-off times to be confirmed:

    SSE Airtricity League Premier Division
    Bray Wanderers v Waterford - Rescheduled for Monday, March 19
    Cork City v Bohemians - Rescheduled for Monday, March 19
    Derry City v Dundalk - Rescheduled for Monday, March 19
    Limerick v Shamrock Rovers - Rescheduled for Monday, March 19
    St Patrick's Athletic v Sligo Rovers - Rescheduled for Monday, March 19
    Limerick v Cork City - Changed from Saturday, March 17 to Friday, March 16
    Limerick v Waterford - Changed from Saturday, March 31 to Friday, March 30

    SSE Airtricity League First Division
    Athlone Town v Cabinteely - Rescheduled for Monday, March 19
    Wexford v UCD - Rescheduled for Monday, March 19
    Cobh Ramblers v Galway United - Fixture to be rescheduled at a later date
    Finn Harps v Longford Town - Fixture to be rescheduled at a later date
    Shelbourne v Drogheda United - Fixture to be rescheduled at a later date

  • The GAA will wait until Friday to make a decision on whether this weekend's League games will go ahead.

    There's a full round of fixtures slated for the Football League across Saturday and Sunday.

    While the final round of group games in the hurling league are set to be played on Sunday.

    If they're called off it could prove problematic, with no free weekends between now and the slated Division 1 Hurling Final date of March 24th. It could also prove problematic in Mayo's Division 2B Final, which is down for Sunday March 11th. 


  • Ice is affecting driving conditions and causing long delays - up to 2 hours - on the N17 at Achonry north of Tubbercurry. Gardai are advising motorists to avoid the area if at all possible.

  • Mayo County Council’s Senior Management Team and Severe Weather Group met this morning and have decided that Mayo County Council will close its offices, including the Libraries and Civic Amenities from 2pm this afternoon until Monday next at 9am.

    Essential services from our Winter Maintenance crews will remain in place in addition to any staff supporting the local authority’s response to this severe weather event.

    There are emergency contact numbers for all areas of the Local Authority.

    In Ballina, it’s 096-76159; in Ballinrobe it’s 087-9940183; in Belmullet 087-6579348; in Castlebar 094-9034706; in Claremorris 086-0450200; in Westport South 087-6474150; Westport (Newport and North) 087-6540206 and Swinford links Ballina out of hours.

  • Ireland could be faced with a cold and wintry January.

    Met Eireann says that the current mild conditions brought on by a sudden stratospheric warming has the potential to be followed by much colder conditions.

    Meteorologist, Liz Walsh, says it's too early to predict conditions similar to the Beast from the East earlier this year, but current temperatures will likely change next month.

  • The following statement has been issued in relation to outpatient and routine elective procedures in Mayo University Hospital today and tomorrow. 

    Following the upgrade of the weather warning last night by Met Eireann to Status Red for the entire country today (Thursday March 1st), Mayo  University Hospital (MUH) is now cancelling routine electives and outpatient appointments today and tomorrow (Friday 2nd).

    We will continue to do everything possible to maintain all essential services to patients receiving planned cancer and renal services but would ask patients to contact the hospital directly at 094 90 21733 and ask for duty manager Pager 607 if they have any concerns.  All appointments cancelled during the period will be rescheduled and patients will be advised of their new appointment by the hospital.

    Patients should be advised that if they do attend the hospital today for a clinic appointment they will be seen.

    The hospital’s Emergency Department remains open 24/7 but continue to be busy and we expect difficulties around discharge planning as a consequence of the adverse conditions. We would ask that patients who are being discharged today are collected from the hospital as early as possible to avoid travelling during the worsening conditions forecast for this afternoon.

    We would encourage people to consider all options available to them for their healthcare needs and to protect the ED for those most seriously ill as delays can be expected.

    MUH is working closely with colleagues in the Community Health Organisations and with the National Ambulance Service.


    Keep up to date with @HSELive and @saoltagroup on Twitter and for all the latest information regarding health services 

  • A status red snow and ice warning is in place nationwide - with people being warned to stay indoors from 4PM.

    Last night Met Eireann updated the red alert to include all counties, until tomorrow afternoon.

    Further snow showers are expected this morning, with Storm Emma bringing blizzard like conditions this afternoon

    All schools, colleges and third level institutions will be closed today and tomorrow.

    Gardai say that roads are dangerous in some areas this morning following snowfall and freezing temperatures. 

    In Ballina the Foxford to Ballina Road is again very dangerous and sheltered spots are described as lethal. 

    In the Tuam area, conditions are also described as very poor, while again parts of the Castlerea area are dangerous. 

    There are poor conditions on the N17 between Tubbercurry and Collooney and also around Roscommon Town and on the N61 and N63 roads going into the town. Gardai in Galway are advising extreme caution in Galway city following heavy snowfall overnight. 

    Bus Eireann services will not operate today, while Irish Rail services will wind down today between midday and 2pm, with no services then until at least midday on Friday. As regards flights at Ireland West Airport Knock, the Aer Lingus service to and from London Gatwick has been cancelled for today. At this stage Ryanair expects to operate a full schedule but the situation is fluid and passengers are advised to check with their airline before travelling. 


    Ryanair has advised that it plans a return to full operations at Ireland West Airport on Saturday, 3rd March while remaining in close contact with the airport and relevant authorities.

    For the latest information on your flight with Ryanair, passengers are advised to visit

    For the latest and most up to date schedule information we advise passengers to contact their respective airlines directly.

    The airport will be updating its social media channels regularly over the coming days with the latest information also. Follow us on or on twitter at @irelandwest

    Transport services are due to resume across the country.

    Bus Eireann says it may be able to resume "a level" of services tomorrow morning, depending on local road conditions. 

    Dublin Bus says it expects to operate services tomorrow, but there will be disruption to scheduled services, while Luas is monitoring the situation. All airports are due to reopen tomorrow.