Storm Franklin – Park Closure – from 3pm 20th February

Storm Franklin Closure Notice

Please be advised that the sites listed below will be closed from 3pm on Sunday 20th of February as a result of the forecasted orange weather warning arising for counties Galway and Mayo due to Storm Franklin.


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. 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