Irish Ferries have been forced to cancel six sailings on Friday

Cancelled: Irish Ferries have cancelled the Swift and Oscar Wilde sailings tomorrow.
Cancelled: Irish Ferries have cancelled the Swift and Oscar Wilde sailings tomorrow.

Travellers have been told to prepare for festive chaos as Storm Barbara forced Irish Ferries to cancel six sailings tomorrow.

People hoping to cross the sea on the Swift or the Oscar Wilde to celebrate Christmas with family have been told they will be accommodated on other ferries on Christmas Eve.

The company has been forced to cancel six sailings so far, including the 08:45, 10:45 and 14:30 sailings from Dublin to Holyhead and the 11:50, 16:45 and 17:15 sailings from Holyhead to Dublin.

However, the Ulysses and Epsilon are currently scheduled to travel on time.

Met Eireann has a status yellow weather warning is in place for the entire country on Friday between 06:00 and 18:00 warning that Storm Barbara will bring a stormy spell of weather over the Christmas weekend.

A status orange wind warning is in place for the same time on coastal regions and high-ground of Donegal, Galway and Mayo.

"In particular, Friday looks like bringing stormy weather, with the north and west most at risk, but the details are still uncertain at this stage."

The rain will clear to scattered showers and it will turn colder with some showers turning wintry on Friday night and early Saturday. 

Saturday will be cold and showery at first with good sunny spells but it will become cloudy with rain spreading eastwards later. The rain is likely to turn heavy before clearing to scattered showers on Sunday and staying windy

 

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