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Dublin: 4 °C Monday 19 March, 2018

Here's What Happened Today: Sunday

The country braces itself for the arrival of Ophelia – the most severe weather event to hit Ireland in 50 years.

NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.


IMG_20171015_131214 The screen at the National Emergency Coordination Group's media briefing today showing the path of ex-Hurricane Ophelia over Ireland. Source: Cormac Fitzgerald/

  • People have been advised to take all precautions as Ophelia – the most severe weather event to hit Ireland in over 50 years – hits the country tomorrow.
  • The National Safeguarding Committee kicked off a nationwide public awareness campaign to encourage greater vigilance over financial abuse of vulnerable adults in Ireland.
  • A man was killed after being hit by an SUV on the Naas Road early this morning.
  • Former Cork hurling goalkeeper Donal Óg Cusack said that he is the sportsperson who wrote a letter supporting journalist Tom Humphries.
  • Gardaí expressed serious concern about a man missing since 4 October.
  • A new internship programme for Ireland is due to be launched next year.
  • revealed that members of the Scientology movement in Ireland were asked to donate at least €1,000 to join an ‘Adventurers Club’ which was to help set up the newly-opened centre in Firhouse.


AUSTRIA-VIENNA-ELECTION-VOTE Sebastian Kurz, leader of Austria's centre-right People's Party and Austrian foreign minister, arrives at a polling booth in Vienna, Austria. Kurz will become the world's youngest leader following elections. Source: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

#SOMALIA: The death toll from the most powerful bomb blast witnessed in Somalia’s capital rose to 231 with more than 275 injured.

#CALIFORNIA: The death toll from California’s raging wildfires rose to at least 40 yesterday, with more than 10,000 firefighters battling 16 large blazes and 100,000 people evacuated.

#AUSTRIA: The country went to the polls and is due to elect conservative Sebastian Kurz, 31, who will become the EU’s youngest leader.

Parting Shot

As Ireland braces for the most severe weather event in 50 years, some people have been looking for more novel ways of battling the storm.

(Via DailyEdge)

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