ESB says power restored to most homes after lightning strikes
Majority of 5,000 customers that lost power overnight had their service restored by 2pm
A number of sheep in Co Donegal were killed by lightning on Friday. Photograph: Stephen Maguire
Most of the 5,000 homes and businesses that lost power during lightning and thunderstorms overnight had their power restored by lunchtime, according to ESB Networks.
The worst affected areas were in the south of country and included Bruff, Co Limerick; Athenry, Co Galway; Bunclody, Co Wexford and Tullow, Co Carlow.
It is understood power cuts came after lightning strikes caused faults on the electricity grid.
The company said power had been restored to the majority of affected areas by 2pm on Saturday.
It said crews would continue to work on the remaining faults and said it expects to restore power to all affected customers on Saturday.
Lightning storms also killed a number of sheep on Friday in the Co Donegal village of Drumkeen.