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Thrillseekers enjoyed watching the waves batter the coast at Mullaghmore, Co Sligo as fierce winds hit the coast on Wednesday afternoon

Thrillseekers enjoyed watching the waves batter the coast at Mullaghmore, Co Sligo as fierce winds hit the coast on Wednesday afternoon

People walk the Salthill promenade, Galway, as winds start to pick up, and Met Eireann has issued a weather warning forecasting wind gusts of up to 110kmh

People walk the Salthill promenade, Galway, as winds start to pick up, and Met Eireann has issued a weather warning forecasting wind gusts of up to 110kmh

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Thrillseekers enjoyed watching the waves batter the coast at Mullaghmore, Co Sligo as fierce winds hit the coast on Wednesday afternoon

THE country's most popular tourist site had to be evacuated after strong winds battered the Cliffs of Moher causing debris to be swept up.

The Atlantic coast was hit with winds of up to 130kph at times throughout yesterday, with the tail end of winds reaching the east coast.

Management at the Cliffs of Moher visitor centre in Clare invoked their red protocol which entails evacuation of all staff and visitors.

The facility was locked down and all persons were advised not to access the site which can't be completely secured.

The good news is that the worst of the weather appears to be behind us. Cold and slightly breezy temperatures are expected in Dublin and along the east coast, but the weather will remain dry for most parts for the weekend.

Temperatures are expected to drop to around four degrees on Friday night, with only the odd shower expected.

"It will stay cold today and tomorrow, with only slight breezes expected," said Met Eireann's John Eagleton. "Tomorrow you will get the odd shower along the east coast, and it will be a dry weekend.

"Saturday looks to be a good day, it will be bright and fresh along the east coast and dry most of the time," he added.

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