Passengers hit as flights and ferries cancelled
THE adverse weather conditions that battered the country last night caused great difficulty for festive travel as ferry sailings and flights were cancelled.
Irish Ferries has cancelled all of today's Swift sailings from Dublin to Holyhead, and passengers will be accommodated on cruise ferries.
Their crossings from Rosslare to Pembroke have also been cancelled, but they hope to recommence the services tonight.
Stena Line, which operates from Dublin Port, Dun Laoghaire and Rosslare, has also been forced to cancel its Irish Sea crossings to Holyhead and Fishguard today due to the weather.
Operations are expected to recommence tomorrow.
Some of the country's airports also faced major disruption, as Dublin Airport reported late last night that six flights had been diverted to other airports, some in the UK, due to "high gusts across both runways".
Shannon Airport was forced to cancel two flights due to depart last night, and diverted two landings to Dublin and Cork. A spokesperson said that the airport was "effectively closed" from 4.30pm yesterday, when the bad weather struck. However, they hope that operations will return to normal this morning as a change in wind direction was forecast.
Later in the evening a Ryanair flight from London Stansted to Cork Airport was diverted to Shannon as Cork bore the brunt of the wild weather system.
Donegal Airport also faced disruption after a lightning strike, which damaged some of the airport's essential equipment. The incident occurred shortly before a 5.15pm Dublin-bound flight was due to depart yesterday.
Two flights and one arrival scheduled for last night and today were cancelled, and the airport hopes to reopen this afternoon.