Storm Barra – Schools in several counties urged to close tomorrow

This evening a Red Alert has been issued by Met Éireann relating to severe wind for counties Clare, Kerry and Cork.

A status orange warning has issued for counties Limerick, Waterford, Galway, Mayo, Wexford, Dublin, LouthWicklow, Meath.

The Department of Education is advising schools in the above counties to close tomorrow, and for schools in other counties to keep up-to-date with the current weather warnings should their county be added to these designations.

Due to the significant nature of Storm Barra, as forecast by Met Éireann and to give sufficient notice to schools and parents/guardians, the Department is advising that all schools covered by the Red Alert and Orange warning from Met Éireann should not open tomorrow, 7 December.

All schools [in Ireland] should keep up-to-date with the current weather warnings which are carried on all national and local news bulletins and in particular any change in the status warning for their area.” – Department of Education (6 December 2021)


INTO has clarified with the Department of Education that any substitute teacher that was contracted to work tomorrow in the counties affected by the red and orange warnings will be paid.

For up to date weather forecasts please visit Met Éireann.