Be Winter Ready




Helping make you, your home and your business more resilient and prepared for severe weather

The Office of Emergency Planning

We hope that this revised edition of our Winter Ready Booklet will assist households in preparing for severe weather and coping with it when it actually happens.


Remember that everyday tasks which we take for granted become more difficult or even hazardous in severe weather, yet by taking some simple steps you can reduce the impact of such events.


During periods of severe weather, it is important to obtain the latest information, by listening to the weather information and weather warnings from Met Éireann, usually delivered during the weather forecast. Information will also be available during severe weather on the Twitter page of the Office of Emergency Planning @emergencyIE.


We have also included contact details for organisations and agencies that can provide further guidance and assistance.


We encourage everyone to keep an eye on elderly neighbours and relatives during periods of severe weather. They will inevitably have more difficulty than usual in getting about, to buy food and medical supplies and to attend their medical appointments. Remember that they may not have access to the latest information from the internet and social media, so they will really benefit from ongoing personal contact.


The booklet is published by the Office of Emergency Planning, on behalf of the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning.


We have a lot more information and useful links on our website,  

Tá leagan Gaeilge den leabhrán seo ar fáil freisin.

Our main message is simple, – Be Prepared, Stay Safe and know where to find help should you need it.

Office of Emergency Planning To be Winter Ready, you need to be aware of the weather conditions in your area, so that you can PREPARE

Met Éireann weather forecasts are available on RTÉ (radio and TV), on many of the independent local and national radio stations and on

When a Severe Weather Warning (level red) is in operation it will also be issued to the broadcast media and to Local Authorities.


Weather Warnings are presented in three categories:


Weather Alert – Be Aware

The concept behind YELLOW level weather alerts is to notify those who are at risk because of their location and/or activity, and to allow them to take preventative action. It is implicit that YELLOW level weather alerts are for weather conditions that do not pose an immediate threat to the general population, but only to those exposed to risk by nature of their location and/or activity.


Weather Warning – Be Prepared

This category of ORANGE level weather warnings is for weather conditions which have the capacity to impact significantly on people in the affected areas. The issue of an Orange level weather warning implies that all recipients in the affected areas should prepare themselves in an appropriate way for the anticipated conditions.

Severe Weather Warning – Take Action

The issue of RED level severe weather warnings should be a comparatively rare event and implies that recipients take action to protect them-selves and/or their properties; this could be by moving their families out of the danger zone temporarily, by staying indoors or by other specific actions aimed at mitigating the effects of the weather conditions.

You can get more details on Met Éireann’s weather alert, weather warning and severe weather warning on which also has the latest national and regional forecasts.


Always remain at a safe distance while viewing or taking photographs of crashing waves in severe weather.

The HOME in Winter

Be Prepared

  • Have a small supply of non perishable, easy-to-prepare foods
  • Keep extra supplies of essential medication in case it is difficult to get to the doctor/pharmacy
  • Have an adequate supply of fuel for heating/cooking and if possible a suitable alternative should the main supply fail
  • Have batteries for torches in the event of power cuts
  • Have candles and matches. Candles should always be placed away from draughts in proper candleholders. Never leave a burning candle unattended
  • Have a water container to ensure a supply of drinking water
  • Know how to turn off your water supply
  • Keep mobile phones charged up – have local emergency numbers in your phone
  • Have a suitable snow shovel (but any shovel or spade will do)


Are you ready for snow and freezing conditions?

  • Snow clearing is strenuous—do not attempt it unless you have a reasonable standard of fitness and do not have an underlying medical condition. Wear suitable clothing and boots or shoes with a good grip
  • Clear the snow earlier in the day – do not use boiling water as it will freeze over and cause a hazard


Be Prepared – prevent your water supply freezing up

  • Mains water supply to premises, i.e. external stopcock – the depth from ground-level to the stopcock should not be less than 600mm. If required, seek professional advice on having the stopcock lowered or protected. The same applies to the line from the stopcock to your property. Be aware that the level may vary as it nears your property
  • If you have a meter installed by Irish Water, a frost plug has been inserted in the meter boundary box to prevent the meter and stop-cock from freezing
  • If no meter is installed by Irish Water, to prevent stopcocks freezing, open the stopcock chamber and remove any water. Fill the chamber with non-absorbent material to provide insulation. Do not use absorbent material as it too will freeze when wet
  • Do not leave taps running as this merely wastes a valuable resource and you will incur additional costs if you are on metered water charges. More information at
  • If you are leaving your property unattended for a period of more than a day or two, you should shut off the water supply to the property from the external stopcock (while ensuring that any water-dependent appliances or facilities are also shut-off)


Be Prepared – avoid Frozen Pipes


Ensure all exposed pipes are adequately insulated. This includes pipes in the attic even where the attic floor has been well insulated

  • Insulate or wrap a towel around an outside tap
  • Leave a light on in the attic
  • Open attic trap door to allow heat in
  • Leave heating on for longer periods at lower settings
  • Warmth offers the best protection against frozen pipes so keep your house warm


Frozen mains water supply

  • If your supply is frozen, be cautious with the use of heating systems, washing machines or other water-dependent appliances or facilities
  • If in doubt, contact a qualified plumber for advice


Water Leaks

  • Water supply in vacant premises and holiday homes should be shut off and drained down in preparation for winter
  • Keyholders – check premises regularly for possible leaks
  • If a leak is detected:
    • Turn off water supply –stop valve is usually under the kitchen sink
    • Turn on cold taps to drain the system
    • Turn off central heating
    • Turn off electricity supply at main fuse board if leak is near elec-trical appliances
    • Call a qualified plumber and/or electrician


Advice for the Elderly and their Families and Neighbours

In winter it can be difficult for everyone to get about and conduct day to day activities. It is even more difficult for the elderly and other vulnerable people.

Advice for the elderly or infirm

Keeping Well and Warm

  • Keep warm, eat well and avoid unnecessary travel. You should eat regular hot meals and drink plenty of fluids, this will keep you warm and will give you energy to keep active
  • Ensure you have sufficient supplies of food and of any prescription medicine you may need. Keep active indoors
  • Have sufficient fuel supplies to maintain adequate heating in your home
  • Ask your relatives and neighbours for help if you need it. Keep their phone numbers on a list beside your phone

Personal Safety – Staying Safe

  • In icy weather, wear well-fitted shoes with non-slip soles if you have to go out but try to limit walking outside during the cold weather
  • Consider wearing a personal alarm so that family or neighbours are alerted if you fall
  • If you have a fall, even a minor one, make sure you visit your doctor for a check up

Fall prevention in your home

  • Leave a low energy light on at night time, preferably one with a high light output
  • Use a non-slip shower or bath mat
  • Make sure wires or cords from lamps, telephones etc. do not trail where you walk
  • Arrange furniture so that you can easily move around all your rooms
  • Remove rugs or use non-slip tape or backing so rugs will not slip
  • Consider installing hand rails on both sides of the stairs

Keep safe this winter – for more information visit   

Keeping an eye on the elderly and infirm

  • Try to call on elderly relatives and neighbours, and offer to assist them in severe weather.
  • Ensure that they have sufficient supplies of food and medications
  • Ensure that they have sufficient fuel supplies to maintain adequate heating in their homes
  • If you have any doubts about the safety of an elderly or infirm person seek the assistance of the Garda Síochána or local social services


Advance planning

Find out if you live in a flood-prone area

  • Speak to neighbours and your local authority
  • Consult the OPW flood mapping available for your area ( and The Office of Public Works has also provided a large amount of useful information on the website

If you DO live in a flood-prone area, there are a number of steps that you can take to make your property more resilient to flooding.

  • Assess where could a flood enter your house, are bedrooms on ground floors or in basements, etc.
  • Prepare a family flood plan for your household
  • Check your home insurance – to see if you are covered for flood damage
  • Find out if there is a Flood Emergency Plan for your area from your local authority.

Consider if measures such as retrofitting to provide flood barriers, sealing basements, and purchasing floodgates are required.

Be prepared – Inside your house

  • Move valuables and other items to safety. Place them above the flood level or upstairs
  • Put sandbags at any openings where the water could gain access
  • Turn off gas and electricity

Be prepared – Outside your house

  • Move your car to high ground if possible
  • Remember that floodwater could get into your garage so move any chemicals or fuel to ensure that they do not spill into the floodwater and cause an additional hazard
  • Weigh down any manhole covers with sandbags or heavy objects. These could open during a flood and cause a hazard
  • Close off the flow valves on propane tanks, oil drums, or other fuel containers that supply your home through pipes and fittings
  • Unplug any exterior electrical connections such as outdoor lighting, pond pumps and filter


Despite all precautions, it may still be necessary to evacuate your home or business

  • Be prepared to evacuate your home or business. Protect yourself, your fam-ily and others that need your help
  • Have warm waterproof clothing and wellingtons ready
  • Have medication to hand (if needed)
  • Check water/food stocks
  • Please co-operate with emergency services and local authorities.

Flooding – General Safety Advice

  • Don’t try to walk or drive through floodwater unless you are abso-lutely sure of its depth
  • If possible avoid contact with floodwater as it may be contaminated or polluted, for example with sewage
  • Take care if you have to walk through shallow water – manhole cov-ers may have come off and there may be other underwater hazards that you cannot see
  • Never try to swim through fast-flowing water – you may get swept away or struck by an object in the water
  • Neighbours with high vehicles such as tractors might be asked for help in getting through flooded areas

Road safety

Is Your Vehicle Winter-Ready?

You should get your car serviced before winter sets in to make sure it is ready for the conditions which will undoubtedly arrive when least ex-pected! There are some things you can do yourself:

  • Lights – Make sure all your indicators and headlamps are clean and working
  • Liquids – Make sure the water reservoir is up to the maximum mark and correctly mixed with anti-freeze. You may also need to top up your coolant and screen wash
  • Oil – Check your dipstick and top up the oil if necessary. Look for signs of leakages on the ground under the car
  • Electrics – Check your dashboard before and after starting the en-gine. Listen for a weak battery and replace if necessary
  • Windscreen wipers – you should clean them regularly and replace them every 12 months
  • Tyres – Check your tyre treads and pressure, including the spare. While the minimum legal limit is 1.6mm, a minimum tread of 3mm is advised for winter driving
  • Safety Assist – Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual and find out if it has any safety assist technology e.g. ABS

Be Prepared – Emergency equipment to have in your car

  • High Visibility Vest
  • A hazard warning triangle
  • A torch with batteries – check it monthly
  • Tow rope
  • A shovel
  • Jump Leads
  • A Fuel Canister
  • Spare fuses and bulbs
  • De-icing equipment (Both for glass and door locks)
  • First aid kit
  • A Map or GPS (Charged)
  • Appropriate clothing and footwear in case you have to leave your vehicle
  • Have a charged mobile phone
  • Some simple supplies to sustain yourself (drink and food)

Planning a journey in winter

Do you really have to travel by car? You could:

  • Consider delaying your trip until the weather and road conditions improve


If you really have to travel by road, be prepared for severe conditions

  • Ensure your vehicle has a more than adequate supply of fuel for the journey. If possible keep your fuel tank full in winter
  • Check your emergency equipment
  • Allow extra time and drive with caution. Let someone know your route and when you expect to arrive


Check to see if there are any problems on your intended route be-fore you leave. Information is available from the National Roads Authority, (NRA) website and you can follow them on Twitter @NRATraffic. You can register with the NRA to receive email alerts for a chosen journey, and there is also an NRA app avail-able to registered users

  • You could also check the AA Roadwatch website or follow them on Twitter @aaroadwatch. Listen to TV or radio bulletins and check the weather forecast. Re-member that the best road conditions are likely to occur between 10am and 4pm
  • If you do not know your route, and are using SatNav/GPS, be sure it does not bring you over a dangerous route, such as across mountainous terrain or along narrow back-roads, which may be hazardous due to snow and ice. e.g. Sally Gap, Co Wicklow or Barnesmore Gap, Co Donegal. Do not rely totally on a SatNav/GPS, look at your route on a map


Driving in hazardous conditions

Remember the following serious hazards:

  • Snow and ice will always be worse in mountainous areas and higher ground – try to route around such places. There is information about road conditions and road temperatures on
  • Beware of high sided vehicles in strong winds, particularly when over-taking. If you are driving a high sided vehicle try to anticipate exposed sections of roadway where winds will be stronger
  • Beware of fallen trees or other debris
  • Leaving your vehicle is dangerous, wear a high visibility jacket and use your hazard lights to enable other traffic to avoid collision with your vehicle. However, on a motorway, it is safer to get out of your car and stand behind the safety barrier. Call for assistance immediately


You, Your Farm and the Winter


Stay Safe

Farming is always a dangerous occupation and it is even more so when severe weather arrives.

The last few winters have brought some very severe conditions with heavy snowfalls and extensive flooding in some areas.

Now is the time to PLAN in order to minimise the effects of severe weather on your farm and your family.


Look after your Personal Safety

  • Before going out on your land always tell someone where you are going, and how long you will be gone for
  • Wear suitable layers of clothing
  • Carry a charged mobile phone and a torch
  • Never use a stand-by generator indoors, as fumes from the engine can be lethal
  • Be sure that equipment (for example a chainsaw) which you may not have used for some time is fully serviceable and that you use it correctly. See for more detail


Cold Weather and Snow

  • Plan how you will get food and water to your stock
  • Prevent your machinery and water supplies freezing up:
  • Have thermostatically controlled heaters in the pump house
  • An insulation blanket/plastic sheet placed at the entrance to the milking parlour may help prevent milking machines freezing up
  • Drain wash-down pumps
  • Check the antifreeze levels in all your engines
  • Have a plan to clear routes around your farm buildings, and a stock of gritting material and salt
  • When searching for animals in snow, wear high-visibility clothing so you can be easily seen


Looking After Livestock

  • Do a fodder budget in spring to establish feed requirements for next winter
  • Build in a reserve of 1-2 bales per head, particularly on heavy land types
  • Maximise grass growth during the main growing season to build a re-serve of winter feed
  • Get your silage analysed. Meal supplementation rates must be based on silage quality
  • Have grit and salt available to ensure access to sheds in the event of snow or icy conditions
  • Have a plan to deal with a power outages


You can get more information from:

Animal Welfare Helpline: 1850 211 990


Flooding on the Farm

Read the flooding section of this booklet carefully. Get more information from the website

If your farm is prone to flooding:

  • Move your livestock to areas you can access if flooding risk is high
  • Carefully assess the depth of floods before driving through them
  • Only use suitable vehicles if you have to drive through floods
  • Secure valuable equipment and fuel supplies in suitable locations so that they are not ruined by water


Other Hazards

Be careful when using equipment which you may not have used for some time:

  • Be sure that it has been serviced properly and is in good working or-der
  • Do not “Risk It” – if you do not really know how to use the equip-ment get someone to advise you or find out how to use it
  • Particular care is needed while using chainsaws – see the booklet “Safe Working with Timber and Chainsaws” on the HSA website



Get a copy of the booklet “Farm Well….Farm Safely” from the ESB Net-works website – it tells you all you need to know about using electric equipment on your farm.

  • Stand-by generators. Special regulations apply to the connection and use of generators
  • The connection must be installed by a qualified electrician
  • ESB must be notified of proposed operation of a generator
  • Incorrect connection can cause a ‘back-feed’ posing a risk to yourself, other consumers and maintenance staff


Business Sector


Preparing Your Business for Severe Weather

Every business has a number of challenges to overcome to ensure business continuity in the event of severe weather. Preparation is key to minimising disruption during such events.

The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Forfás have prepared a practical checklist for the business sec-tor which will outline key issues to ad-dress as part of business continuity planning for, and in response to, severe weather events. The checklist is avail-able in the document Business Continuity Planning in Severe Weather at


Practical considerations on how a severe weather event can affect operations include:


Impact on Place of Business Consider how various severe weather scenarios can affect the place of work i.e. the site and buildings.

  • Is the location at risk of flooding?
  • Are access points liable to difficulties e.g. access roads positioned on a slope at risk of ice?
  • Are water pipes insulated (including in and around vacant buildings)?
  • Ensure that the business has information and contact details regarding key services including local authorities
  • Review insurance cover and contact insurance advisors in relation to any concern a business may have


Impact on Employees

  • Consider the potential impact as a result of employees being unable to attend the place of work
  • Consider how alternative work practices could minimise disruption e.g. teleworking, shift-work and consider how the Human Resource Management practices in the business can cater for disruption
  • Consider what measures need to be put in place to ensure employee safety across the place of work
  • Ensure the business has up-to-date employee contact details and a communications plan
  • Ensure that management responsibility is clearly assigned for planning and making preparations; identify business critical roles and develop plans for ensuring continuity


Impact on Customers

  • Consider how customers may be impacted upon
  • Consider the business impact as a result of lower custom
  • Consider alternative means to serving customers and what strategies can be employed to minimise disruption e.g. online commerce
  • Have in place a communications plan for customers
  • Consider how customer safety can be assured within the public areas of the business
  • Assess how surrounding pavements and access points can be cleared in the event of snow and ice and make preparations for suitable equipment being available



Impact on Suppliers

  • Consider the impact of a disruption to supplies and review stockpiles
  • Liaise with key suppliers and assess their preparedness in the event of severe weather affecting their businesses
  • Consider especially time-sensitive supplies
  • Consider alternative transportation routes and logistics channels
  • Consider safety of suppliers of goods and services, which may entail access to less frequented areas of premises


Schools and Severe Weather

Schools and Severe Weather

The following is provided as guidance for school management.


Be prepared, Be informed, Be vigilant



Schools should conduct a pre-event evaluation of what should be, or could be, in place to ensure the opening of the school in the event of severe weather. Areas for consideration are maintenance of school premises and utilities, salting and gritting and transport to and from school. Access in the school to a battery operated radio and flashlights should be put in place.

Schools should ensure that every member of staff is clear as to their role and responsibilities during severe weather including in the event of a school closure. A member of staff should be assigned to monitor weather conditions and to contact the principal response agencies and school transport services where required.


Included in the school’s plan for severe weather should be the proposed responses and roles which will apply in the event of a Red level weather warning from Met Éireann.


Schools should ensure to have the relevant contact details of the princi-pal response agencies for their area, including An Garda Síochána, fire brigade and local authorities and other appropriate services. Schools should also have contact details for the transport services serving their school. These details should be checked regularly and kept up-to-date.


Schools should establish communications with neighbouring schools to ensure, as far as practicable, a unified local response to severe weather events may be implemented. It is noted however that while schools in an area may try to co-ordinate their decisions, the circumstances can vary between individual schools in close proximity and may on occasions lead to different decisions being taken by schools.


Most schools use a text messaging service to communicate with parents and staff. Local radio, the school’s website or social media may also be useful to alert parents and students to school conditions and closure should this arise.


State Examinations

In the event of severe weather during scheduled state examinations the State Examinations Commission will communicate with schools to put in place alternative arrangements.

Closing a School

The decision to close a school rests with the school management authority taking into consideration the full guidance and direction available from the principal response agencies, especially An Garda Síochána. Any decision to close is taken in the interest of child safety, having assessed the local risks and having consulted, as appropriate, with school trans-port operators.


Some of the issues that schools take into account include:

  • conditions in the school itself
  • the capacity of the school to ensure the health and safety of students whilst in school
  • the ability of parents, students, staff and school transport services to safely negotiate local road conditions to reach the school
  • guidance and direction from the principal response agencies


Guidance on time lost due to unforeseen closures as a result of severe weather is set out in circular 34/2011 which is available on the Department’s website


Weather Warnings from Met Éireann

Schools should monitor weather forecasts in order to be prepared for any severe weather which may affect the school. During periods of severe weather schools should assess the situation using the above guidance. Schools should be prepared, keep themselves informed and remain vigilant.


In recent years Met Éireann has introduced colour coded weather warnings as follows:

  • Status Yellow – be aware
  • Status Orange – be prepared
  • Status Red – take action


Schools should respond appropriately to such warnings using the above guidance.

It should be borne in mind that there may also be weather events which may be fast moving with little warning. For example, consider the case of Storm Darwin in February 2014 where Met Éireann had issued a Status Red alert for the Cork and Kerry regions; however, on that occasion the weather moved rapidly across the southern half of the country affecting a number of other counties.


There may also be Status Orange weather warnings that may require action to be taken because of the particular local circumstances, e.g. in areas prone to flooding or areas located on the coast. Any assessment taken by the school for actions necessary should be guided by local knowledge and experience and by way of advice from the principal response agencies.


Status Red Weather Warning

All weather warnings of Status Red will require some action on behalf of schools. Schools need to assess the potential impact of such weather events taking account of past experiences and in light of advice on the current event from the principal response agencies in their area.

A Status Red weather warning for heavy rain may be particularly relevant if the local area is prone to flooding. A Status Red warning related to ice or snow which may compact may cause local issues due to the location of the school and/or the routes taken to reach the school.


Status Red Weather Warning for Wind

Schools should note in particular Status Red weather warnings where strong winds or storm conditions are forecasted. Due to the high degree of unpredictability as to the impact of the weather associated with such a Status Red warning on local conditions schools should use the following guidance to assist them in making their assessment.


Status Red weather warning for wind related conditions may be given in advance of a school opening or it may arise during the day while a school is underway.


Advance Warning of Status Red

Following consultation at a national level with the Office of Emergency Planning and the management bodies for schools, the Department of Education and Skills’ advice to schools is that they should consider not opening where a Status Red weather warning related to wind is forecast to coincide with the period/s during which students and staff would be expected to be travelling to and from school.


Whether the school should open later in the day where an improvement to the weather is forecast is a decision which should be taken in consultation with An Garda Síochána, the local authorities, school transport services and other appropriate agencies based in the school’s area.


Warning of Status Red that arises during the school day

Where the Status Red weather warning related to wind is issued when the school is already underway with students and staff present, the school management should immediately contact An Garda Síochána, the school transport services and other appropriate agencies for advice on whether it may be safe to undertake journeys from the school or when such journeys should commence. Consideration should also be taken as to the safety of parents undertaking journeys to the school to collect children.


Where a decision may have to be taken on health and safety grounds based on the advice available to the school for students and staff to re-main on the school premises during a Status Red warning related to wind, then schools should plan for such an eventuality by considering how students and staff can be accommodated within the school while awaiting an improvement in the weather. Such decisions should be taken based on the health and safety of all concerned taking account of the prevailing and forecast weather conditions in the vicinity of the school.







Contact Information


Emergency Services

If you have an emergency please phone the emergency services at

112 or 999


In the event of any emergency on water, including offshore, along the coastline, on inland waterways, lakes or rivers call 112 or 999 and ask for the Coast Guard.


Remember to have phone numbers for your doctor, chemist, children’s schools, local authority, Garda station, service providers and family members conveniently to hand so that you can locate them easily should an emergency arise.



ESB Networks LoCall 1850 372 999

Bord Gais        LoCall 1850 20 50 50

Irish Water      LoCall 1890 278 278


Weather Forecast

You can obtain the latest weather forecast from the following sources:

Visit the homepage of Met Éireann website:

Listen to national and local radio hourly news bulletins

Watch weather reports after TV news bulletins (Aertel pages 160 – 163)


To see a five-day forecast from Met Éireann

Met Éireann website:

To see the Rainfall radar from Met Éireann

Met Éireann website:


HSE Map Centre

The Health Service Executive has a facility on the homepage of its web-site called Map Centre. You can use this facility to locate health services in your area. Just enter your address and choose an option to find your nearest hospital, pharmacy, doctor, Garda station, nursing home or dentist. Directions are provided from your home to the required service.



The website provides links to all public transport providers. Click on Severe Weather Updates on the homepage and go to your required area of information. During disruption, the individual transport provider sites are updated on a continuous basis.

The following are contact details for Public Transport providers. You should also keep to hand contact information for your local private transport operators.



Dublin Bus Routes – Customer Service Number – (01) 8734222 Twitter: @dublinbusnews Facebook: /dublinbusnews

Bus Éireann Intercity/Commuter Bus Services

Twitter: @buseireann Facebook: /buseireann


Bus Éireann Travel Centres

Ballina (096) 71800
Cavan (049) 4331353
Cork (021) 4508188
Drogheda (041) 9835023
Dublin (01) 8366111
Dundalk (042) 9334075
Galway (091) 562000
Killarney (064) 6630011
Letterkenny (074) 9121309
Limerick (061) 313333
Monaghan (047) 82377
Sligo (071) 9160066
Stranorlar (074) 9131008
Tralee (066) 7164700
Waterford (051) 879000


Bus Éireann School Transport Offices

For Services   in Counties Contact   Office Phone Numbers  
Westmeath,   Longford, Offaly, Roscommon, Laois Athlone (090) 6473277
Mayo Ballina (096) 71816
Dublin,   Kildare, Wicklow, Meath Dublin (01) 8302222
Louth,   Monaghan, Cavan Dundalk (042) 9355069

(042) 9355065

Clare,   Tipperary North, Limerick Limerick (061) 217484
Galway Galway (091) 537694

(091) 537512

Sligo,   Leitrim Sligo (071) 9160440
Donegal Stranorlar (074) 9131008
Waterford,   Tipperary South, Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford Waterford (051) 873401
Kerry Tralee (066) 7164750



Iarnrod Éireann incl. Intercity/Dart/Commuter Rail – Customer Service Number – 1850 366 222

Twitter:@irishrail Facebook: /iarnrodeireann

Luas Services – Customer Service Number – 1800 300 604

Twitter:@luas Facebook: /luas


For Arrivals/Departure Information visit the websites:,,,

See: Aertel pages 571 – 576

Twitter: @daa, @corkairport, @dublinairport, @shannonairport

Airport Website Phone Numbers  
Dublin   Airport (01) 8141111
Cork Airport (021) 4313131
Shannon   Airport (061) 712000
Ireland West   Airport Knock (094) 9368100
Waterford   Airport (051) 846600
Kerry Airport (066) 9764644
Sligo Airport (071) 9168280
Donegal   Airport (074) 9548284
Aer Arann   Islands (091) 593034
Belfast   International Airport +44 (0) 28   9448 4848
George Best   Belfast City Airport +44 (0) 28   9093 9093
City of Derry   Airport +44 (0) 28   7181 0784



For Arrivals/Departure Information visit the following websites:

Service Website Phone Numbers  
Irish Ferries 0818 300 400
StenaLine (01) 2047777
P&O   Ferries (01) 6869467
Fastnet Line (021) 4378892
Brittany   Ferries (021) 4277801
Celtic Link (053) 9162688


City and County Councils

Council Website Phone Numbers  
Office Hours Out of Office   Hours
Carlow Co. (059) 917   0300 1890 500 333
Cavan Co. (049) 437   8300 087 285 8177
Clare Co. (065) 682   1616 087 416 9496
Cork Co. (021) 427   6891 (021) 497   1411
Cork City (021) 492   4000 (021) 496   6512
Donegal Co. (074) 917   2222 Water: (074)   917 2399

Roads: (074)   917 2288

Dublin City (01) 222 2222 (01) 679 6186
Dun Laoghaire   / Rathdown Co. (01) 205 4700 (01) 677 8844
Fingal Co. (01) 890 5000 (01) 873 1415
Galway Co. (091) 509 000 (091) 506 069
Galway City (091) 536 400 (091) 536 400
Kerry Co. (066) 718   3500 (066) 718   3500
Kildare Co. (045) 980 200 1890 50 03 33
Kilkenny Co. (056) 779   4000 1890 252 654
Co. (057) 866   4000 1890 837 273
Leitrim Co. (071) 962   0005 (071) 962   0005*
Limerick   City&Co. (061) 496 000 (061) 419 226
Longford Co. (043) 334   3300 1850 211 525
Louth Co. (042) 933   5457 1890 202 203
Mayo Co. (094) 902   4444 (094) 903   4705
Meath Co. (046) 909   7000 1890 445 335
Monaghan Co. (047) 30 500 087 650 1833   (Castleblayney)

087 687 3154   (Carrickmacross)

087 204 1672   (Clones)

087 273 7193   (Emyvale)

Offaly Co. (057) 934   6800 1890 750 750
Roscommon Co. (090) 663   7100 (090) 663   7100*
Sligo Co. (071) 911   1111 Roads:

087 260 0111   (Town)

087 778 9935   (County)

Water: 087   290 2172

South Dublin   Co. (01) 414 9000 (01) 457 4907
Tipperary Co. 0761 06 50 00 1890 923948
Waterford   City&Co. 0761 10 20 20 0761 10 20 20
Westmeath Co. (044) 933   2000 (044) 933   2000
Wexford Co. (053) 919   6000 1890 666 777
Wicklow Co. (0404) 20 100 (0404) 20 100


Important Phone Numbers

Veterinary   Surgeon
Other   Emergency Contact
Garda   Síochána 999 or 112  
Fire/Ambulance   Service/Coast Guard 999 or 112  
Service   Providers
County   Council    



Be Winter-Ready Booklet


The booklet can be downloaded from the website or by writing to The Office of Emergency Planning, National Emergency Co- Ordination Centre, Agriculture House (2 East), Kildare Street, Dublin 2


An Irish language version is also available. Copies are available by contacting the Office of Emergency Planning


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