Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim councils issue storm updates

All three county councils in the region have now issued storm statements and updates. They are as follows:

Updated Press Release from Sligo County Council:

The latest on the roads in Sligo according to the Council:

14.36 Tree down in Monasteraden Village at Claher Hall
14.50 Tree down between Quarryfield Crossroads and Bunninadden
15.48 Tree down between Old School Carn and Cuilmore Cross, Gurteen
16.22 Fallen tree Monasteraden Village now cleared
16.39 R286 Sligo to Dromahair Road blocked, not passable – Trees down
2 miles Sligo side of Parkes’ castle
16.49 L 1402 Ballindoon to Castlebaldwin road blocked
16.50 Ross Road out of Riverstown blocked at crossroads
16.54 L54041 road Ballyrush blocked
17.01 Fallen tree N16 Manorhamilton Rd blocked at Dunally
17.08 Statement from Sligo County Council:
Sligo County Council will attend to fallen trees at Ballyrush,
Ballindoon to Castlebaldwin Road and Ross, Riverstown, and Dunally
on N16 when it is safe to do so. Roads are likely to remain closed for
several hours
17.09 Tree down at Railway Bridge Strandhill Road Sligo
17.11 Tree blocking road at R 296 Carrownanty, Ballymote
17.17 Tree removed on R296 Carrownanty, will be opened shortly
17.22 R284 Sligo to Geevagh Road blocked at Mount Irwin
17.36 Tree blocking road at L6106 Ranaghan Coolaney
17.40 Tree removed from Strandhill Road, now clear
17.41 Holborn St Sligo closed to traffic, loose hoarding
17.50 Strandhill to Culleenamore Rd blocjked, fallen tree
17.52 Sligo to Dromahair Rd blocked at Dooney Rock, fallen tree


Sligo County Council’s ‘Severe Weather Co-ordination’ Committee
has been meeting throughout the day and is stressing the
importance of avoiding any unnecessary journeys . The Committee
will remain in contact with the Gardai, Army and HSE throughout
this afternoon and evening.

If you encounter a falling tree or other emergency situation, please
contact one of the following numbers:

– Sligo Town Area: 087 2600111
– Sligo County 086 8569416
– Fire Service 112 or 999
– ESB Networks: 1850 372999

Met Eireann is forecasting violent and destructive gusts with all
areas at risk, with heavy rain and storm surges. They have warned
that there is potential risk to lives.

Sligo County Council is urging people to exercise  extreme caution.
Wind speeds in excess of 80km per hour are predicted with gusts
in excess of 130km per hour. 

Sligo County Council’s public offices were closed from 12.30pm
today. Motorists and other road users are asked to be vigilant due
to the danger of falling trees and overhead wires.  Heavy rain may
also result in local  flooding.  Met Eireann has warned that
the storm may  be of sufficient force to cause  structural damage, 
pedestrians should beware of falling roof slates and other debris.


Donegal County Council has established Crisis Management arrangements from its headquarters in Lifford to manage and monitor the local response to Storm Ophelia based on the most up to date advice from the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management.

The Council is asking all members of the public to follow the advice to avoid non-essential travel and remain indoors and to heed the advice from local and national media.   These updates are being carried on the Council’s social media outlets.

The Council closed its offices for all non-essential services at 12.45pm today.

Given the nature of the storms and the dangers likely to be encountered, the Council will be deploying crews where it is safe to do so, where requests for assistance are reported.

The Council may be contacted on the following numbers

  • 074 9153900 until 5pm, and
  • 074 9172288 after 5pm

Life threatening emergencies should be reported to the emergency services on 999 or 112.

Donegal County Council will have customer service staff available throughout the evening.

You can keep up to date by following Donegal County Council on Facebook or on Twitter @DonegalCouncil #StormOphelia.



Due to the Red Weather Alert arising from Hurricane Ophelia and in the interests of public and staff safety, all offices and libraries of Leitrim County Council are closed from 12.30p.m today, Monday 16th October 2017.
It is expected that normal services will resume at start of business on Tuesday 17 th October.
In the event of an emergency the public is advised to dial 999 or 112. In regard to general services of Leitrim County Council the public are advised to call 071 9620005 and follow the instructions.
Details also available on the Council’s Website and facebook page.
All non essential Council services are closed until tomorrow morning and the public are advised to stay indoors and avoid all unnecessary travel.