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#Big Freeze

# big-freeze - Saturday 11 December, 2010

Great Thaw begins as temperatures stay above zero

Temperatures stayed above zero overnight for the second day running – but drivers still need to take care.

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Nine things you really, really need to know by 9am: the Vatican was “offended” at the Murphy Inquiries, the bailout is back in doubt, and the Old Enemy could still be coming to Dublin.

# big-freeze - Thursday 9 December, 2010

Thaw could prove fleeting as temperature due to drop again next week

Road conditions remain dangerous this morning, and forecasters warn that more of the same weather could follow a brief weekend thaw.

# big-freeze - Wednesday 8 December, 2010

From The42 Northern exposure: Ulster players, staff and fans pitch in to clear Ravenhill Snow Patrol

Northern exposure: Ulster players, staff and fans pitch in to clear Ravenhill

Donnybrook lined up as a contingency plan though Ulster confident that ground will be playable by the weekend.

# big-freeze - Tuesday 7 December, 2010

WE’RE HEARING this lunchtime that the four Dublin local authorities – including the city council and the county councils of Fingal, South Dublin and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown – will cut municipal water services from 7pm tonight until about 7am tomorrow morning, in an effort to conserve supplies after many householders began leaving taps running after the cold weather hit. The outage will affect an estimated 1.1 million people.

Roads hazardous due to black ice and snow

Motorists advised to avoid all unnecessary journeys due to continued icy road conditions.

9 at 9: Tuesday

Nine things you really, really need to know this morning: Lenihan announces Budget 2011 today; WikiLeaks founder due in UK court later; and guess which TDs have the worst Dáil attendance record?

# big-freeze - Monday 6 December, 2010

DUBLIN BUS HAS cancelled services after 9pm tonight due to poor road conditions. Bus Eireann says it cannot guarantee services will run past 9pm – and warned that it might be forced to cancel services before that time if conditions deteriorate.

From The42 The Morning Score: Monday The Morning Score

The Morning Score: Monday

Keano on the brink of exit, Graeme McDowell shows what he’s made of and the race for the apprentice’s crown goes to the wire.

No sign of thaw as freezing fog leaves black ice

Huge swathes of road remain deceptively slippery this morning, as sub-zero temperatures remain nationwide.

# big-freeze - Sunday 5 December, 2010

Weather warning: dangerous driving conditions after night’s freeze

Weather warning: dangerous driving conditions after night’s freeze

Black ice warning issued for motorists in many parts of the country after last night’s subzero weather.

From The Daily Edge NASA captures photo of snowy Ireland NASA

NASA captures photo of snowy Ireland

Space agency’s satellite photographs dramatic winter scene.

# big-freeze - Saturday 4 December, 2010

Cold snap sets in for another week

Weather expected to gradually improve over coming week, but ice could become more of a problem than the snow. Check these links for travel updates.

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Nine things you really need to know by 9am: black ice on roads; Merkel threatened to pull out of the euro; Ireland’s 32% deficit; and Mexican police arrest 14-year-old hitman.

# big-freeze - Friday 3 December, 2010

From The Daily Edge Forget Paul the octopus: meet Sneachta-pus Sneachta-pus This post contains images

Forget Paul the octopus: meet Sneachta-pus

There are some seriously well-built snowmen out there, but has yours got eight limbs? We didn’t think so.

DUBLIN CITY CENTRE revellers take note: Dublin Bus have confirmed that they will not be running their Nitelink services tonight. They took the decision “in view of the forecast tonight for severe frost and ice developing combined with current road conditions”.

Many routes are currently curtailed – click here to see which ones – while the coach service that has been substituting for the Luas trams between Sandyford and Brides Glen will stop at 10pm. The Luas Connolly stop is still out of service but the Red line is otherwise running fully between Tallaght and the Point.

Broadband and telephone still out for over 4,000 houses

Eircom technical crews finding it hard to access areas of Carlow, Wexford and Wicklow to fix faults.

The week in photos Week In Photos This post contains images

The week in photos

Some of the week’s biggest stories in pictures.

Cold snap costs businesses €7m a day

If every employee leaves work 15 minutes early, companies lose 49,300 days of work, according to the Small Firms Association.

From The42 Fantasy Football Friday: Don’t fear the weatherman Fantasy Football

Fantasy Football Friday: Don’t fear the weatherman

Will the weather play as much havoc with your team as it will with Carlos Tevez’ neckwear?

Making an early break for home? Check these transport links first...

Some public transport still compromised by heavy snowfall and icy conditions.

From The42 Club finals deferral great news for Kilmacud Big Freeze

Club finals deferral great news for Kilmacud

Crokes’ Leinster football final against Rhode has been put off – and with it goes the suspension of Wexford’s Adrian Morrissey.

Weather gallery: Oh, the weather outside is frightful... Big Freeze This post contains images

Weather gallery: Oh, the weather outside is frightful...

…but some of the photography is truly delightful. Here’s a gallery of some more incredible pictures our readers have sent.

Snow moves west, but transport hampered as big freeze continues

The East gets some respite from snow – which moves west – but freezing temperatures and transport turmoil goes on.

# big-freeze - Thursday 2 December, 2010

ALL LUAS SERVICES have been suspended on both the Red and Green lines for the rest of the evening. The Luas Customer Care officials are saying that the complete stoppage is due to snow levels on the tracks. They are hoping to have the trams running again from 5.30am tomorrow but advise checking their website home page and transport.ie.

Dublin Bus says that its last buses will leave the city centre and suburbs tonight at 9pm. In better news, flights are again arriving and departing Dublin Airport but the DAA is advising that passengers check their airline’s website before coming to the airport this evening because the flight schedule has been severely disrupted.

Tesco get 12 snowploughs for stores as home deliveries face delays

Superquinn and Tesco both record hikes in demand for home deliveries – but some householders left disappointed as slots are booking up fast.

From The Daily Edge Is Ireland on the verge of another baby boom? Pitter-Patter

Is Ireland on the verge of another baby boom?

Yes, according to directory inquiries firm 11850, who say they’re getting more calls for dating agencies and lingerie shops.

Dublin Airport closed again, while gas explosion closes O’Connell St

A suspected gas explosion on O’Connell St closes the main thoroughfare, as snow continues to fall on the capital.

From The42 The answer is snow: weekend's sport action disrupted by weather Snow Patrol

The answer is snow: weekend's sport action disrupted by weather

Check out which events are off this weekend.

Your 30-second guide to driving in the snow Road Safety This post contains videos

Your 30-second guide to driving in the snow

Is it worth forking out for snow tyres? Only if it stays so cold. You might want to invest in “snow socks”, though…

Transport chaos as temperatures hit record -14° lows

Dublin Airport records one of its lowest temperatures ever as icy roads continue to hamper Ireland’s travel plans.

# big-freeze - Wednesday 1 December, 2010

Commuters: beware busy train and DART stations

Passenger falls getting off DART at Tara Street station as Iarnrod Eireann warns travellers to avoid Connolly.

Take 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

Website whiteout for transport information

As Dublin Airport and buses suspend services, several public transport and travel information sites crash.

REPORTS are emerging that buses have stopped running in Dublin city. Twitter users and callers to Liveline on RTE Radio One began ringing and tweeting information in the past half-hour that buses had pulled in to the side of extremely icy roads and passenger had to get off. Calls made by TheJournal.ie to Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann spokespeople have not yet been returned and the Dublin Bus website is currently returning a blank white page with the message “This service is unavailable”.

NOT ONLY WILL the current cold snap continue for the coming days, but it has now emerged that despite the warnings from the January snowstorms, Ireland is running out of salt. Officials from the Department of the Environment said this lunchtime that the volume of salt being used to treat roads in the current conditions was twice the anticipated amount, and that remaining supplies would have to be preserved. Brian Cowen earlier told the Dáil, however, that stocks remained sufficient.

Another blanket of snow... and the worst is still to come Big Freeze This post contains videos

Another blanket of snow... and the worst is still to come

It’s another poor morning for Ireland with another batch of icy roads – with temperatures still yet to hit their lowest.

# big-freeze - Tuesday 30 November, 2010

Temperatures could hit -8, warn forecasters

Drivers urged to check transport sites before setting out, as Met Éireann warns of further freezing conditions tonight.

Driving conditions remain treacherous after further overnight snowfalls

Coastal and mountain roads are almost impassable after a night of more snow, with Leinster the hardest hit.

# big-freeze - Monday 29 November, 2010

Brace yourself… Dublin could face eight inches of snow tonight Snovember

Brace yourself… Dublin could face eight inches of snow tonight

And not only that, but some parts of Wicklow could face TEN inches of new snow by tomorrow morning.