Parts of Co Meath were hit by a small tornado this evening and damage was caused to a number of houses in Dunboyne and Ashbourne.

Residents of the towns said slates were torn from roofs and branches from trees during the brief storm, which occurred just after 6:30 pm.

In a similar incident, a small tornado hit Carrickfergus, Co Antrim, last night causing damage to several houses and cars.