Media Statement 9.30am Tuesday 17th October

Sligo County Council’s ‘Severe Weather Co-ordination’ Committee has been meeting throughout the day and evening coordinating the Local Authority’s response to the ‘Status Red’ weather alert issued by Met Éireann.

Sligo County Council’s ‘Severe Weather Co-ordination’ Committee met this morning, Tuesday, to review the activities of the last 24 hours in response to ‘Storm Ophelia’.

In the region of twenty trees caused obstructions to roads all over the county. While the clean-up operation is largely complete, motorists and other road users are asked to remain vigilant as there may be fallen trees, branches or other debris on local roads.

It is important to note that the severe winds have weakened some trees and many routes remain hazardous for this reason, landowners are asked to check the trees on their property.

Committee Chair, Director of Services Tom Kilfeather re-iterated his commendation of the Roads crews and support staff for their prompt and professional action in response to the various call outs throughout Monday and the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Councillor Seamus Kilgannon said the Coordination Committee and the various work Crews ‘did an exemplary job’ in very challenging conditions and said the public acknowledged their dedication over the course of the last 24 hours.

Sligo County Council would like to express its gratitude to the public for their cooperation, as it was evident that only essential journeys were taken over the course of the day 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 372 999

Updates: 16th October 2017

  • 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 L1402 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 R296 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 Street Sligo closed to traffic, loose hoarding
  • 17.50 Strandhill to Culleenamore Road blocked, fallen tree
  • 17.52 Sligo to Dromahair Rd blocked at Dooney Rock, fallen tree
  • 18.09 Tree removed on R284 Geevagh/Mount Irwin – road opened
  • 18.15 Fallen Eircom pole Old Bundoran Rd, Sligo, road will be closed
  • 18.23 Fallen trees cleared from N16 Sligo Manorhamilton Rd, and R286 Sligo Dromahair Road, roads now passable
  • 18.53 Road blocked at Carrickbanagher 2 miles from Clarkes Bridge,fallen tree
  • 19.01 Eircom pole removed from Old Bundoran Road, now clear
  • 19.06 Tree down at Knockminna Cemetery near Ballymote
  • 19.10 L1402 Ballindoon to Castlebaldwin road now open again
  • 19.20 Trees cleared on R292 at Culleenamore and R287 at Dooney Rock, these roads open to traffic
  • 19.36 Fallen trees between Ballymote and Knockminna Kilmorgan Cemetery. Very difficult conditions, will be a number of hour before trees can be removed
  • 19:59 Riverstown to Ross Road now open
  • 20:29 N59 Half mile past aJ’s Pub Beltra partially blocked by fallen tree
  • 20:30 Tree Removed from Local Road L54041 at Ballyrush / Sheerevagh near Castlebaldwin Road is Open again
  • 21:00 Report that Carney to Lisadell Road is partially blocked by a fallen tree approx 1.5km from Carney Village. Sligo County Council Staff are investigating
  • 21:33 N17 and all regional roads in Tubbercurry area are now clear. Some problems still on Local roads. These will be resolved after daylight arrives tomorrow morning.
  • 22:30 Local Road at Ardconnel off R296 Ballymote to Bunninaden Road reported blocked by fallen tree. Council will investigate
  • 22:46 Carney to Lissadell Road clear
  • 23:00 Tree cleared from N59 west of AJ's pub near Beltra / Skreen road now clear at this location.
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