Hurricane Ophelia – Information for our visitors

 Hurricane Ophelia  – The most powerful storm to hit Ireland in 50 years

Over the weekend at Trim Visitor Centre we welcomed a huge number of people who have changed their itinerary to travel to the east coast of Ireland to avoid the hurricane, a lot of these visitors were frightened about what the impact of this hurricane could have on their holiday and on Ireland but at Trim Visitor Centre we put their minds at ease and arranged various accommodation to help them settle in to Trim and the Boyne Valley.

Our “Céad míle fáilte” overwhelmed some of our visitors so much so that they will now be spending the rest of their holiday using Trim as a base to travel all over the east coast of Ireland.  There is nothing worse than being in a different country and to panic about a holiday, it’s meant to be fun, right?

Here are some points of reference for the impending conditions that will hit Ireland over the next 24 hours to stay safe..

  • Status red warnings issued for all counties between 9am on Monday and 3am on Tuesday.
  • The National Emergency Co-ordination Group has issued the following advice.
    – Avoid all unnecessary travel on Monday while storm is passing.
    – Stay away from coastal areas as high seas and storm surges are forecast
    – Pedestrians, motorcyclists and high-sided vehicles are urged to be cautious as very strong winds are forecast
    – Drivers are warned watch out for fallen trees and flying debris and the possibility of spot flooding
    – Cyclists are advised not to use their bicycles on Monday
    –  Safety store patio furniture, rubbish bins and loose items outside which may be turned into missiles by the wind
    – Power outages are expected. Do not touch fallen electricity wires
  • All schools and colleges closed as red weather warning extended nationwide
  • Charge your phone and make sure you have adequate food and liquids
  • If possible check on isolated and vulnerable neighbours in advance of the oncoming severe weather conditions and again after the event has passed
  • Check you have functioning torches and spare batteries and/or candles
  • Those into the great outdoors should take extra precautions, avoid where possible.
  • Expect delays on public transport services
  • Intending air passengers are advised to check with their airline as some flight delays are expected
  • Irish Ferries has cancelled its 8.45am and 2.30pm swift ferry crossings from Dublin to Holyhead and back on Monday and the Ulysses crossing at 8.55pm is in doubt. Intending passengers are advised to check with their ferry company as disruption is expected.
  • Selected emergency contact numbers
    In case of emergency dial 999 or 112 from your phone , local Trim Visitor Centre   – 046 9437227       After 5.30pm out of hours information service covered on Monday / Tuesday 086 3363043 ( David )
  • Call into your local Visitor information Centre to seek further assistance,

Stay safe ……………