Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow wind warning for Donegal, Galway, Mayo amid horrendous conditions.
Wind and rain is seeping across much of the country today but the north west is worst-affected.
While issuing the warning, Met Éireann predicted "very strong southwest winds with gusts of 80-100km/h, strongest near coasts and on high ground with potential for wave overtoppping."
The warning came into effect on Saturday morning and will remain in place until 10pm on Saturday night.
Beyond that, the weather looks like picking up somewhat in the early days of next week.
Forecasters say "winds will ease during the afternoon and the rain will generally become lighter and patchier, but will remain persistent and sometimes heavy in the south and southeast. It will be dry in most places by evening, however a band of showers will move into the west. Mild for this time of year, with highest temperatures of 11 to 14 degrees."
"A band of showery rain will move east across the country early tonight and it will be blustery with fresh to strong and gusty southwest winds. Clear spells and scattered showers will follow overnight, most frequent over the western half of the country, and winds will decrease moderate to fresh. Lowest temperatures of 5 to 10 degrees."
They predict: "Sunday will be bright and breezy with sunshine and showers. The showers will be heaviest and most frequent in the west. Highest temperatures of 9 to 12 degrees with fresh and gusty southerly winds, easing light to moderate during the evening.
"Scattered showers will continue on Sunday night, mainly near the coast. Colder than recent nights, with frost possible as air temperatures drop to between 1 and 5 degrees. Patches of mist and fog are possible in light to moderate, variable winds."
From Monday, our weather will be largely dry. Met Éireann says it will be "generally dry and sunny on Monday, although there will be a few showers, particularly during the morning. Highest temperatures of 9 to 11 degrees in a light to moderate westerly wind."
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