Good morning ... in preparing the daily forecast I noted gusts to 71 knots (132 km/hr) at Mace Head at 0600h and wanted to alert readers that there have already been fairly widespread severe gusts at times this morning, and these appear to be spreading east across central Ireland -- gusts may peak in various exposed portions of the west but will reach at least 110 km/hr near the east coast too. (have edited slightly as reports come in)
Also, be aware that near blizzard conditions are likely to develop across higher parts of the north quite soon ... Connacht Airport (Knock) may be included in this ... road travel disruptions are possible across the north at least inland and at elevations above 100m if not more widely at times. These conditions may briefly appear further east and south at times, in a few locations. Other than adding this, please confine discussions of this aspect to the snow alert thread elsewhere.
A second period of very strong winds can be expected in Connacht, west Munster, Ulster and coastal parts of Leinster on Thursday afternoon (north) and evening to overnight (east coast). Further details in my daily forecast. North-northwest winds may gust as high as 130 or 140 km/hr in Antrim and 120 elsewhere in the regions outlined, as this northerly gale to storm force wind event will become very strong down the west coast of Scotland and throughout the Irish Sea region peaking late Thursday or early Friday.