[LIVE BLOG] KERRY UPDATES: Hurricane Ophelia

Below are live updates regarding Hurricane Ophelia, keep this page open and updates will automatically appear.


Over 1,637 customers in the Killarney and Milltown areas are without power this morning.

The ESB’s Power Check website reports that a fault occurred after 8 o’clock this morning.

ESB Networks says they don’t know when power will be restored.




Deputy Michael Healy-Rae has cancelled his clinics today.


The tree that had fallen at Cahir school outside Kenmare has been cleared and the road is reopen again.


Marts at Tralee, Kenmare and Castleisland have been postponed.


All post offices are to remain closed today.


The Kerry Cork Health Link Bus won’t be travelling today.


All Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection offices in Kerry and Cork are closed for the day.


Gardai in Killarney are reporting fallen trees in the Kenmare and Barraduff areas.

A tree has fallen at Cahir school outside Kenmare and the road in the area is blocked as a result.

A tree has also fallen on the Killarney side of Barraduff.

Motorists are advised to avoid travelling if possible or if doing so to do so with extreme caution.


KWD Recycling say refuse services in Kerry have been suspended for today.

Kerry County Council say there will be no refuse collection in Killarney town.

Higgins Waste and Recycling Service have cancelled all commercial and domestic collections and skips today, and their recycling centre in the Kerries will be closed today.




A spokesperson for Kerry Airport has confirmed that apart from the 7.30am Dublin flight this morning – all Aer Lingus and Ryanair flights from the airport are cancelled today.

The airport is advising passengers not to travel to the airport for safety reasons but to contact their airline directly in relation to any queries.

Passengers will be re-booked on the next available flight or be refunded.

It’s intended that flights from the airport will resume tomorrow.


UPDATE 19:17 KWD refuse services in Kerry have been suspended for tomorrow ahead of the Status Red wind warning #StormOphelia


UPDATE: 18:30

Castleisland Co- operative Mart have announced that they are cancelling their mart tomorrow.

Tralee, Castleisland & Killorglin Credit Unions will also be closed tomorrow.

UPDATE 16:50 As a result of the RED weather alert Bus Éireann would like to advise customers the following services will not operate Monday  morning 16th October 2017


Route 13 Tralee/Limerick – 06.15 hrs service from Tralee to Limerick, 10.35 hrs service from Limerick to Tralee/Killarney
Route 40 Tralee/Cork  – 06.15 hrs service from Tralee to Cork , 10.00 hrs service from Cork to Tralee
Route 275 Tralee/Dingle – 06.00 hrs service from Tralee to Dingle, 7.15 hrs service from Dingle to Tralee
Route 333 Ennis/Doonbeg – 7.45 hrs service from Doonbeg to Ennis
Route 350  Ennis/Doolin/Lisdoonvarna  – 7.45 hrs service from Lisdoonvarna to Ennis

Reviews will take place early tomorrow morning and Bus Éireann will advise customers as soon as possible of any further cancellations.


Castleisland Co- operative Mart have announced that they are cancelling their mart tomorrow.


In the interest of the safety of the UL community the University of Limerick will be closed tomorrow Monday 16th October as a result of a code red weather warning in the area. All public spaces will be closed including the University Arena, the University Concert Hall and all public walk ways throughout the campus.
All on campus residents will be instructed to stay indoors for the duration of the storm and will be supported by security teams tomorrow.
Flood defences have been put in place on the banks of the River Shannon through the UL campus as a preventative measure.


UPDATE 16:46:  St Olivers NS Ballycasheen will close tomorrow Monday for all students and staff. Expected to reopen Tuesday. Text will issue tomorrow evening to confirm.

Keel Childcare closed tomorrow due to red weather

Colaiste Gleann Li Clash Tralee closed tomorrow.
In the interest of student and staff safety, is has been decided that Cork Institute of Technology will remain closed tomorrow, Monday, October 16th. A Status Red Wind Warning  has been issued by the Department on the Environment as of 1pm today valid for tomorrow, Monday, from 9am. This applies to all four campuses of CIT :  Bishopstown, Crawford College of Art and Design, CIT Cork School of Music and The National Maritime College of Ireland.  CIT will open as usual on Tuesday.
St. Bridget’s Family Resource and Childcare Centre, Hawley Park, Tralee closed tomorrow.
Realt na Mara, Tousist NS closed tomorrow
Teach Mhuire Montessori and Pre-School Abbeyfeale closed tomorrow

St. John’s Parochial School, Ashe Street, Tralee, will be closed tomorrow Mon 16th October.


National Learning Network, Clash Industrial Estate Tralee closed tomorrow.

Bingo in Tin Teán, Ballybunion closed tomorrow

Killorglin Day Car Centre, Market Street, Killorglin closed tomorrow.

Holy Family NS Tralee closed tomorrow.


UPDATE: 15:48 Due to significant weather forecast, some flights have been cancelled to and from Kerry Airport.
-Cancelled Flights
EI3204 From Dublin
EI3205 to Dublin
EI3208 from Dublin
Text messages will be sent directly to all passengers booked on the above flights informing them of the situation. Also included in the text will be the passengers rights due to the cancelations i.e re-booking on next available flight or a full refund.
Aer Lingus Regional will not be providing any ground transport due to advierse weather conditions.
Any further queries please contact the airline directly.


UPDATE: 15:00 The Department of Education is informing all schools in areas affected by Met Éireann’s status red wind alert to remain closed tomorrow.

For parents, this means their children will not attend school tomorrow in any area where there is a status red wind alert.

Following a special meeting of the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning its also advising that schools in areas affected by a status orange alert should remain vigilant.

A Status RED weather warning has been issued for Kerry, Cork, Limerick, Clare, Waterford, Wexford


UPDATE 14:32 Gael Scoil Lios Tuathail Primary School closed tomorrow (Monday).

St Teresa’s National School, Kilflynn closed tomorrow.

Cumman Iosef Community Pre-School & Afterschool closed tomorrow.

Ardfert Bingo cancelled tomorrow night (Monday).

Killtallagh National School, Castlemaine closed tomorrow.

All KDYS Centres closed tomorrow.

Recovery Haven Tralee & Killarney Services closed tomorrow.

Little Stars Pre-School Firies closed tomorrow.

Scoil Naisiúnta Cillín Liath, Dromid, Waterville, closed tomorrow.

Presentation Secondary School, Tralee closed tommorrw – the Open Night, due to take place tomorrow night, has been deferred until Wednesday, October 18th.

Holy Cross Day-Care Centre, Rock Road, Killarney closed all day tomorrow.

Coolick National School will be closed tomorrow.

Duagh Childcare also closed tomorrow.


UPDATE 13:55 Killarney Community College, New Road, Killarney will be closed tomorrow (Monday) and their Open Night, due to take place tomorrow night, has been postponed until October 23rd.


UPDATE 13:30 Presentation Primary School in Tralee and Hannah’s House Montessori will be closed tomorrow (Monday).


UPDATE 12.30PM: Stepping Stones Child Care Pre-School in Ballinorig Tralee has announced it will be closed tomorrow (Monday).

Listowel Family Resource Centre on the John B.Keane Road, Listowel has also announced it too will be closed.


UPDATE 12NOON: According to Met Éireann, at present, the strongest and most damaging winds are now forecasted to affect Munster, particularly the southwest.

Hurricane Ophelia is expected to transition to a post tropical storm as it approaches shores on Monday bringing severe winds and stormy conditions .

Mean wind speeds in excess of 80 km/h and gusts in excess of 130km/h are expected, potentially causing structural damage and disruption, with dangerous marine conditions due to high seas, swells and potential flooding.


UPDATE 11AM: At present all Kerry Airport flights are operating but a decision is due to be made later today in relation to tomorrows flights.


Kerry County Council has implemented its Major Weather Emergency Plan as Kerry braces for the arrival of Hurricane Ophelia.

Met Eireann has issued a Status Red wind warning for Kerry, in effect from 9am tomorrow until 3am on Tuesday.

Tidal surges and swells are expected in coastal areas, especially Dingle and exposed parts of West and South Kerry.

The council will meet with Gardaí, the HSE, Fire and Rescue Services today and sandbags will be deployed

Kerry County Council will provide updates as the day progresses – stay tuned here to Radio Kerry for all the latest weather developments.


In the interest of driver and passenger safety ALL Local Link Kerry Bus Services are cancelled tomorrow Monday with normal Service resuming Tuesday.

Local Link say they hope to be able to reschedule some services – their offices may be contacted at 066 714 7002.


Parents are being reminded Bus Eireann school buses are cancelled in Kerry tomorrow (Mon).

The bus company is implementing it’s status red policy which is devised to keep children safe, particularly during severe weather conditions.

Normal service will resume on Tuesday.


The National Parks and Wildlife Service have asked that people stay away from Killarney National Park as falling trees and flying debris could be extremely hazardous.


Due to the status red weather alert issued by MET Eireann, Kerry Education and Training Boards schools and centres – including the Kerry College of Further Education – will be closed tomorrow, Monday. Further updates will be available from the Kerry ETB Twitter page.


IT Tralee has confirmed it will remain closed tomorrow.


Kenmare Sheep Mart due to take place tomorrow is postponed until Wednesday due to weather.


You can track the progression of Hurricane Ophelia [HERE]