Snow and a biting chill make travel difficult across Ireland but children enjoy the wintry conditions.

Snow showers mainly affect the midlands, east Leinster and the border counties. The Phoenix Park looks peaceful under a blanket of snow, but elsewhere in Dublin there is traffic chaos, with reports of delays of up to two hours. 

Traffic on the Rock Road in Dublin is bumper to bumper as motorists attempt to get to work. With a slight thaw and sanding of the roads, driving conditions are set to improve. An Garda Síochána are still advising motorists to drive carefully.

Bus services in Dublin are disrupted and provincial services are badly hit, particularly in the Wicklow and Wexford areas. A number of flights in and out of Dublin Airport are delayed.

On higher ground conditions remain poor and many secondary roads are impassable as local authorities try to clear main routes. Many roads in Meath are in a dangerous condition with hard packed ice and snow. In Wicklow farmers bring out fodder to stranded cattle and sheep.

To the delight of children many schools are closed and they take full advantage of the ice and show.

Many sporting fixtures are cancelled including Shamrock Rovers and Limerick City fixture at Milltown.

A spokesman for the Met Office said snow showers will continue but will be confined to eastern areas.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 16 January 1985. The reporter is Michelle McCaughren.