#OPHELIA: Schools across Limerick set to remain closed on Monday

David Hurley

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#OPHELIA: Schools across Limerick set to remain closed on Monday

ALL school, creches and colleges across Limerick are set to remain closed this Monday after Met Éireann extended a Status Red weather alert to Limerick this lunchtime.

The alert, which takes effect from 9am on Monday, was put in place after a meeting of the Government's Task Force on Emergency Planning this Sunday morning.

Following the meeting, the Department of Education and Skills said it had informed all schools in areas affected by Met Éireann’s status red wind alert that they are to stay closed tomorrow.

In response to the imminent Storm Ophelia, the Department of Education and Skills publicly informed all schools, colleges and other education institutions that they are to remain closed tomorrow, Monday 16 October.

"This decision has been made following discussions with members of the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning and in light of the advice from Met Éireann on this unprecedented storm," read a statement.

Earlier, the University of Limerick, Limerick Institute of Technology and Mary Immaculate College all confirmed they wpi;d remain closed. while a scheduled appearance by celebrity chef, Catherine Fulvio at LIT’s Millennium Theatre has also been cancelled.

In a statement, a spokesperson for UL said: "In the interest of the safety of the UL community the University of Limerick will be closed tomorrow Monday 16th October as a result of a code red weather warning in the area. All public spaces will be closed including the University Arena, the University Concert Hall and all public walk ways throughout the campus".

All on campus-residents at UL will be instructed to stay indoors for the duration of the storm and will be supported by security teams tomorrow.

Flood defences have been put in place on the banks of the River Shannon through the UL campus as a preventative measure.

List of confirmed school closures :
Coláiste Íde agus Iosef
Gaelscoil Sheoirse Clancy
Milford NS
Hazlewood College, Dromcollogher
Doon CBS
Lisnagry NS
Caherconlish NS
Knockea NS
Tinteriffe NS
Bilboa NS
Crescent College Comprehensive
St. Nicholas’ NS, Adare
Coláiste Nano Nagle
Central College Limerick
Limerick Institute of Technology (all campuses)
University of Limerick
Mary Immaculate College,
Limerick College of Further Education
Limerick Tutorial
Ardscoil Rís, North Circular Road
Ardscoil Mhuire, Corbally
Colaiste Chiarian, Croom
St Mary's NS, Croom
Coolcappa NS
Pallaskenry NS
Salesian College, Pallaskenry
Ballysteen NS
Monaleen NS
Caherdavin Girls NS
Scoil Na Tríonoida, Doon
Christ the King, Caherdavin
Laurel Hill Colásite FCJ
St Munchin's College, Corbally
Mungret Community College
Castleconnell NS
Caherline NS
Colaiste na Trócaire, Rathkeale
St Paul's NS, Dooradoyle
Lets educate together, Mungret
Model School, O'Connell Avenue
St Brigids NS, Childers Road
Coláiste Mhuire, Askeaton
Ahane NS
Lough Gur NS
Killinure NS
All Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board schools / education centres
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