Flooding and road closures have been reported across the country today following heavy rain overnight.

Rain in the west and southwest of the country spread across the country overnight leading to spot flooding in a number of counties.

Laois County Council and the Civil Defence have distributed up to 3,000 sandbags to houses in the Mountmellick area of the county this evening in the wake of concerns over flooding of the Barrow and Owenass Rivers.

The Civil Defence said that flooding from the rivers coming down from the Slieve Bloom mountains caused concern in many areas of the town and county.

Mountmellick flooding
The Owenass River in Co Laois earlier today (Pic: Mountmellick Flood Community Support)

Sandbags have been put in place to protect property in the Irishtown area of Mountmellick which was badly affected by flooding last November.

There are road diversions in place around the town and Laois Fire Services are pumping water away from the car park of the Mountmellick Development Association which was badly flooded before Christmas.

Earlier the Fire Service dealt with emergencies in the Mountrath area where there was concern over flooding at a school and a health centre.

There is concern about heavy rain forecast for Tuesday in the area but Laois County Council is expected to evaluate the situation tomorrow.

Gardaí and the AA are urging motorists to exercise caution as some roads across Galway remain flooded.

Particular black spots this morning included the Coast Road in Oranmore, which was flooded in several spots between the Dublin Road junction and the village.

There was flooding on the N59 between Oughterard and Moycullen. The road remains passable, but caution is advised.

Severe flooding has also been reported in the Gort, Loughrea, Ballinasloe areas of east and south county Galway.

Floods Sligo

In Sligo, the R287 Carraroe to Dromahair road is closed due to flooding.

Holywell Road is flooded between the junction with Ballygawley Road and Mullane Plant Hire.

There is also severe flooding reported in Woodlands Estate and Ballytivnan. Fire crews are assisting at Mowlam Nursing Home and adjoining houses, according to Sligo County Council.

In Kilkenny, the N77 Kilkenny/Portlaoise Road is closed between Henebry’s Cross and Ballyragget. In Kilkenny City, the Circular Road and Bleach Road are also closed, according to AA Roadwatch.

In Co Clare, flooding was reported on the N85 Ennis/Ennistymon Rd but has now receded.

In Tipperary, the Nenagh/Toomevara Road is closed due to flooding at Islandbawn outside Nenagh.

The Limerick Road outside Newport, the local Newport/Murroe Road and the Ballina/Birdhill Road are all closed due to flooding, according to AA Roadwatch.

In Dublin, the Malahide/Donaghmede Road is closed due to flooding between Malahide and the Chapel Road junction. 

In Limerick, the Rosbrien Road is closed near Old Crescent RFC in Dooradoyle.

Flooding has been reported on several routes in the Ballybofey area of Co Donegal.

Emergency services are dealing with flooding at Northern Cross, at the Malahide Road/Clarehall Road junction. 

Meanwhile a number of sporting fixtures were postponed or cancelled today because of the adverse weather conditions.

Munster’s final Champions Cup pool game against Castres at Thomond Park, Co Limerick, was put back three hours.

The game was due to kick-off at 1pm, but a pitch inspection was held by match officials due to the incessant rain. The game is now under way.

In Laois, the Bord Na Mona O'Byrne Cup final between Meath and Westmeath was postponed due to an unplayable pitch in O'Moore Park.

The Kehoe Cup final between Longford and Wicklow has also been called off as well as all club games in Navan, Newbridge, Portlaoise and Tullamore.