Primary school roof ripped clean off during high winds on Achill Island
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Primary school roof ripped clean off during high winds on Achill Island

A PRIMARY school based in Dooagh, County Mayo, suffered serious damage yesterday as the tail end of Storm Ciara battered the country.

Achill Island might be home to one of the best beaches in the world (seriously), but it's safe to say nobody was sunbathing on Tuesday as Ireland's west coast island got a proper thrashing by high winds.

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Despite Met Eireann issuing an orange weather warning for the whole country, it seems Achill Island should have been given it's own red weather warning, as Dooagh National School took to Facebook to show the extent of the damage suffered.

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Photographs show the school's roof completely torn from the building, with the pieces scattered across the ground and broken apart.

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The incident happened early on Tuesday morning, reportedly while children were beginning to arrive to school, and has led to people speculating at how easily the incident could have become a tragedy.

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Writing on the school's Facebook page, Dooagh National School confirmed that nobody was hurt  but said they wondered what possible criteria needed to be met to warrant a red weather warning if not this.

The three-teacher, 39-student school is situated on the most westernly part of the island, and tends to suffer the brunt of storms coming in from the Atlantic.