Storm Barra – Closure extended until 9th December

Storm Barra Closure Notice


Closure extended until 9am Thursday 9th of December. We’re still experiencing strong winds at Connemara National Park so it is still not safe to reopen.

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Please be advised that the sites listed below will be closed effective from 6pm this evening (Monday 6th of December) until 12 noon on Wednesday 8th of December as a result of the forecasted orange weather warning arising for counties Galway and Mayo due to Storm Barra.


Full details of the NPWS western region in relation to National Weather Warnings is outlined on our website:


In adverse weather conditions Weather Warnings may be issued by Met Éireann. The core rationale for issuing Weather Warnings is to protect the lives and livelihoods of all of the nation’s citizens, and to mitigate damage to property and disturbance to economic activity at times of severe weather.


In the event of STATUS ORANGE – Weather Warnings and STATUS RED – Severe Weather Warnings in relation to Wind, Rain, Snow, Low Temperatures, Fog, Thunderstorms and Coastal Winds for the Counties of Galway and Mayo, all National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) properties in the Western Region will be closed for the duration of such warnings. Sites to be closed include:


Connemara National Park

Wild Nephin National Park

Derryclare Nature Reserve

Old Head Nature Reserve

Knockma Wood, near Tuam, Co. Galway

Laughil Wood, near Pontoon, Co. Mayo