Batten down the hatches for days of storms
VIOLENT gales lashed the country today in the first of three days of storms.
Trees were brought down in the capital as the winds, which peaked at 160kph, caused commuter misery.
Power supplies across the country were also affected as to up to 15,000 lost their electricity.
Met Eireann has warned that the stormy conditions will last for up to two more days, with black ice and further gales set to hit the country tomorrow.
The ESB was forced to launch an emergency helpline number for distressed families.
The "destructive" winds brought down thousands trees and branches in "every county across the country" making driving conditions extremely treacherous.
Our picture below shows a tree down on Shrewsbury Road in Dublin 4, causing traffic problems in the south city as workers returned for the first working day of 2012.
The winds were so extreme, some families woke to see windows broken in their homes and cars and damage to their property due to flying debris.
AA Roadwatch issued a stark warning to motorists to take extreme care with conditions nationwide being described as "nasty".
In Dublin, the City Council was on high alert today as winds caused havoc on both sides of the city.