Limerick homeowners count cost of battering by Barney

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Storm Barney strikes: The net of the goalposts in Herbertstown stretched to its limit during Storm Barney on Tuesday and, below, damage to the roof of the gym at CBS Sexton Street. The school remained closed this Wednesday
HOMEOWNERS and businesses across Limerick county and city are counting the cost of the clean-up in the aftermath of Storm Barney, which battered the country on Tuesday evening.

HOMEOWNERS and businesses across Limerick county and city are counting the cost of the clean-up in the aftermath of Storm Barney, which battered the country on Tuesday evening.

Dozens of trees were knocked across Limerick but there were no reports of any serious accidents or injuries relating to the storm.

CBS Sexton Street in the city remained closed on Wednesday after damage was caused to the roof of the school gym by Tuesday’s high winds.

Winds measuring 128kmph (69 knots) were recorded at Shannon Airport at 4pm on Tuesday after Met Éireann issued an orange weather alert for Limerick.

The high winds left telephone poles down in the city on Carey’s Road and the Ennis Road, while heavy rainfall has added to dangerous driving conditions.

The fire service was called out to remove a fallen tree between Bruff and Kilmallock which caused disruption to motorists on Tuesday afternoon.

More local residents woke up on Wednesday morning to fallen fences, and slates and satellite dishes missing from their roofs.

In east Limerick around 15 council staff worked until 8pm on Tuesday night to clear trees and branches blown down in the gusts, and to prevent flooding.

The road between Cappamore and Pallasgreen was closed for a period of time due to a fallen tree.

Finbarr Keyes, senior executive engineer, said it was mostly flooding issues the council workers tackled.

“Branches came down and blocked gulleys. There was a lot of flooding on the roads so the staff were clearing drains,” he said.

“There was a small bit of flooding in Oola village, again due to gulleys being blocked,” said Mr Keyes.

There were also reports of fallen trees across other parts of the county including Adare.

There were a number of power outages with customers on the Dock Road, Southill, Croom and Rathkeale, Newcastle West and Foynes suffering a loss in service on Tuesday night.