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Dublin: 2 °C Wednesday 13 November, 2019

Baby it's windy outside: ferry services cancelled as motorists warned over debris

A swan took advantage of the festive season by taking a wander down Dublin’s north quays this morning.

An Irish Ferries vessel sails into Holyhead.
An Irish Ferries vessel sails into Holyhead.
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SOME FERRY SERVICES are cancelled today, as the tail-end of Winter Storm Barbara continues to cause strong winds.

Met Éireann says a national weather warning remains in place until 12 noon today, affecting the west and north-west.

The warning affects counties Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo, with winds of around 85km/h forecast on Atlantic coasts.

Over on the Irish Sea, the Irish Ferries Dublin Swift ferry service between Dublin and Holyhead in Wales has been cancelled. The ferry said passengers will be accommodated on other services.

An earlier sailing, the 8.05am Ulysses sailing, proceeded as normal.

Stena Line has also warned of possible disruption to its sailings, as a result of ongoing high winds.

AA Roadwatch say the windy conditions have blown debris on to some roads, with secondary roads of particular concern.

There are no reports of major collisions, and traffic is moving well around Dublin, Cork and other cities.

The lack of traffic seems to have emboldened some of Dublin’s feathered citizens, however, with a swan reportedly holding up traffic on Wolfe Tone Quay, on the city-centre side of Heuston Station this morning.

It returned to the Liffey at around 9.30am this morning.

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