Third level institutions confirm closure as Hurricane Ophelia closes in
University of Limerick, NUI Galway and GMIT to close
The University of Limerick will be closed tomorrow (Monday) as a result of a code red weather warning in the area.
UL said the decision was made in the interest of safety of the university community.
All public spaces will be closed including the arena, the concert hall and all public walk ways throughout the campus.
The university is also instructing campus residents to stay indoors for the duration of the storm and said they would be supported by security teams tomorrow.
Flood defences have been put in place on the banks of the River Shannon through the campus as a preventative measure.
GMIT (Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology) has also said its five campuses will remain closed also.
"Due to a Status Red weather alert for a Category 3 hurricane, ALL FIVE GMIT campuses will be closed tomorrow, Monday, 16th October, 2017.
"Lectures will resume as normal on Tuesday, 17th October.
"In the meantime, we encourage all students and staff to stay safe during this weather alert", a statement on its website said.
NUI Galway also announced it would be closing tomorrow.
"A skeleton staff will be on campus during the morning to give advice and guidance", it said in a statement.
"All conferring ceremonies which were scheduled for tomorrow will now take place on Saturday."