RAIN played havoc with Listowel's inaugural Christmas Sporting Festival, but it didn't stop people coming out in big numbers for events that managed to coincide with dry weather.
Organisers are very happy with how the inaugural year of the event went off, under the circumstances of the wet Christmas week. It also had the intended effect for the local vintners - sponsors of the festival - bringing crowds into town for three nights of bar exemptions until 2am.
"The weather played havoc with the events but we were pretty happy with it overall given the rain," organiser Christy Walsh told The Kerryman.
"Some of the events like the rugby had to be called off as the ground was too water-logged, but the walkers and cyclers were out in force, they got dry weather and up to 40 took part in each," Christy said.
Listowel Celtic's grounds in Tanavalla played host to an invitational event on Friday afternoon, which became the last event of the festival as it transpired.
The Brendan Guiney Memorial Tournament was to have rounded-off the three days of sports but was cancelled following the postponement of the North Kerry Final to preserve the Emmet's pitch for the Duagh/Beale showdown.
Happily, the festival certainly did its part for ensuring a lively atmosphere in Listowel for Christmas week. "It appears to have been a great week for the trade thankfully. We don't know how well just yet but there was a great atmosphere," Christy added.