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Dublin: 9°C Sunday 9 May 2021

Dublin Zoo closed and people urged not to walk in Phoenix Park

Most routes through the park have also been closed to traffic.

File image of orangutans on the high wire at Dublin Zoo.
File image of orangutans on the high wire at Dublin Zoo.
Image: Sam Boal

WALKERS AND CYCLISTS are being urged not to enter the Phoenix Park in Dublin due to high winds. 

“We advise walkers and cyclists not to enter the park, as gusts are strong and loose debris is being scattered which may be dangerous,” the OPW, which manages the park, said on Twitter. 

All roads in the park are closed with the exception of the main route, Chesterfield Avenue.

The Acres Road is open for hospital access only. Cabra Gate, Ashtown Gate and the Knockmaroon Gate are also closed. 

In terms of traffic, the OPW says only vehicles with essential business should enter the Phoenix Park. 

Dublin Zoo, which is located in the park, has also been closed for the day. 

“Dublin Zoo has made the decision to close today due to high winds and fallen trees in the zoo. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. Please refer to social media channels for further updates,” a statement on Twitter said. 

In Dublin city centre, Stephen’s Green and the Iveagh Gardens are also closed. Elsewhere around the country sites like Skellig Michael in Kerry and Newgrange have been closed for the day. 

A full list of closed sites can be found on the OPW website

The orange alert warning for Storm Ali has now ended but a status yellow alert remains in place for the country until this evening.  

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