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Ardee schools closed as Hurricane Ophelia looms

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Scoil Muire na Trocaire school on Hale Street, Ardee. Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley.
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This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

All local schools will be shut tomorrow (Monday) according to the Department of Education as the status red wind warning due the incoming Hurricane Ophelia has been extended across the country.

Earlier on Sunday, the Department of Education said that all schools in areas affected by the red wind alert – issued by Met Eireann, would remain closed on Monday. That meant schools and colleges in Wexford, Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Waterford were shutting their doors for the day,

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However, that red wind alert has now been extended nationwide meaning schools across the country will shut. The DoE say “All schools and colleges will be closed tomorrow.”

The Department had earlier said that all schools in areas affected by an orange wind warning – of which Louth was a part – should remain vigilant and be aware of updates from Met Eireann.

Their decision has been made following discussions with members of the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning and in light of the advice from Met Éireann on this unprecedented storm. Locally, Ardee Community School, the Monastery Boys NS, Ballapousta NS, Scoil Muire na Trocaire, Ardee Educate Together, Newtown NS, Collon NS will all close, as will every educational institution nationwide.

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