Fire service personnel in the west have reported a busy night, with a number of gorse fires breaking out across the region. 

In Co Galway, crews attended fires in the Menlough, Ballinasloe and Mountbellew areas, spending several hours ensuring that the blazes were brought under control. 

Fires near Foxford and Swinford in Co Mayo were also the subject of call outs overnight. 

The fires come after the Department of Agriculture issued a Fire Risk warning for western counties.

That remains in place until tomorrow, with high temperatures, dry ground and strong winds providing perfect conditions for the spread of fire.