Storm Callum to hit Ireland tonight
Met Éireann has issued orange weather warnings for coastal counties and yellow warnings for inland counties ahead of storm Callum.

Storm Callum is set to hit Ireland tonight with Met Éireann issuing an orange warning for coastal counties and a status yellow warning for the rest of the country.

Winds are expected to reach between 100km/hr and 130km/hr in areas issued with an orange warning and there will also be a spell of heavy rain. Due to high tides there is a risk of coastal flooding and damage.

For Cork and Kerry southeast winds will veer southwest and the orange warning will be in place from 10pm tonight (Thursday) until 9am tomorrow (Friday).

In counties Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Clare the warning will remain in place from 11pm tonight until 5pm tomorrow.

In Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath and Waterford winds will be south to southeast with the warning in place from midnight tonight until 9am tomorrow.

A yellow warning is in effect for the rest of the country. Inland counties can expect slower winds of 90km/hr to 110km/hr with spells of heavy rain with the warning in place from midnight until 9am tomorrow.

Storm Callum is the third storm of this year’s season after storms Ali and Bronagh.

Following a meeting of the National Emergency Coordination Group (NECG) at 3pm today the following advice has been issued:

  • Be aware of local conditions in your area; weather conditions and their impacts can vary significantly from place to place.
  • Stay away from coastal areas for the duration of the orange warning.
  • If you need to drive, slow down and drive to anticipate strong cross winds and other hazards such as falling/fallen trees. Do not drive through flooded areas. High-sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds – slow down and give extra space to pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Stay away from fallen electricity wires or fallen trees as they may be in contact with electricity wires. Always treat any fallen wires as live. ESB Networks Emergency Services can be contacted at 1850 372999.
  • Decisions regarding school closures will be made by Board of Management of each school. The Department of Education and Skills has advised that decisions should be made based on local conditions and erring on the side of caution as appropriate.
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    Young farmers were urged at a Macra event to open up about their feelings and take care of their mental health.

    The event was part of a series of talks organised by Jonathan Dwyer and John Keane, two north Tipperary Macra na Feirme members in conjunction with Healthy Ireland as part of an initiative called “Make a Moove”, aimed at helping young men in rural areas discuss mental health issues.

    Addressing a crowd of 40 young people at Rackett Hall in Roscrea, Bill, shared his story with the crowd.

    “I grew up in a dairy farm just outside Nenagh, there was nothing in me that would have ever shouted that I’d have any problems.

    “One of the happiest days I ever had was when I got accepted in veterinary college in Budapest when I was 18.

    Everything was falling apart in my own mind

    “Unfortunately it was pretty soon after that that things started to derail for me. I moved to Hungary at 18 and I can’t explain it but the fun seemed to drip out of everything.

    “Inwardly for seven years I was crumbling inside. Everything was falling apart in my own mind”

    “I came back from Budapest and went to New Zealand for a while, I had a great time but still I wasn’t right.

    “I went back helping on the farm, one day my father and I had very strong words and my mother took him away to cool down.

    “When they left I walked out and went to Dublin.

    “I didn’t realise that when my parents came back they thought the worst and apparently my father walked the farm looking for me because he thought that I’d done something.

    “But I was in a very dark place for three months, I actually remember standing in CopperFace Jacks with no phone but internet connection where I was looking at places to check myself in.”

    He told the group that it was soon after that he tried to take his own life.

    “One after the other I took the painkillers and drank the bottle of whiskey and got into bed for what I hoped was the last time.

    “The worst feeling I actually had was the day after when I woke up, that I’d even managed to fail to do this.

    “I spent a couple more days lying in bed and trying to build up the energy to get up. I was thinking about a motorway that was nearby and jumping off it

    “Thankfully the guys I was living with somehow got in contact with my parents.”

    Going home

    His mother and brother came to collect him from the house and brought him home.

    Bill said that when he seriously thought about why he was depressed he linked it to alcohol, even the attempt he made on his own life had been after a three-day drinking session with friends.

    After two years of therapy and working on himself he says he’s learned how to really live at life.

    “With hindsight, the pain the drink had caused me was phenomenal,” Bill said.

    “It wasn’t easy but the day I stopped drinking was the day my life changed.”

    The next talk will be held on Thursday 25 April in the Anner Hotel, Thurles at 7.30pm.

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    Weather forecast

    Thursday will be a dry evening, with hazy sunshine. It will be dry tonight, with clear spells.

    Met Éireann predicts that Friday will be another dry day, but some cloud will develop later in the day in the west of the country.

    Top temperatures between 16°C and 21°C.

    In the news

  • The Health and Safety Authority will begin an intensive farm safety inspection campaign on Tuesday 23 April, with a particular focus on machinery.
  • The next few days will be crucial, after Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed called for a package of support from the European Commission for Irish beef farmers following €100m of Brexit-related losses.
  • The board of Carbery has set its milk price for supplies during the month of March.
  • The Government is considering drastic measures to tackle ammonia pollution.
  • There was a call to end delays and to change legislation immediately at the IFA Fair Deal protest.
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    Ronan Delaney, a beef and sheep farmer in Co Meath, has warned other farmers to take care after finding one lamb with its eyes and tongue pecked out by crows while being born.

    The farmer said the lamb was attacked as it was being born.

    Delaney discovered the lamb on Wednesday 17 April and later on that day found a sheep with one of her eyes pecked out after she became stuck in a field.

    Ronan Delaney said the ewe was still sore after losing her eye when she was attacked by crows.

    Speaking to the Irish Farmers Journal, he said that crow attacks on sheep are a common occurrence every year, but it was sickening to see the devastation they wrought.

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