Southsiders get 'absolutely lashed out of it' and dry their 'frozen tears' in epic snowball battle
IT was a snowball showdown between age-old Dublin rivals - northsiders and southsiders.
On Thursday, scores of Dubs braved the Arctic conditions at the Phoenix Park to take each other on in the battle royal.
The mastermind behind it has been revealed as finance worker Will Royal (37), a father-of-two from Finglas.
He used social media to help promote the snowball fight and create a bit of fun from the Beast from the East.
He used his North Dublin Services Facebook page to invite people to pick a side and get stuck in. Within hours, 21,000 had joined the page.
His plan hit a glitch due to a lack of snow on O'Connell Bridge, the initial location for the event on Wednesday afternoon.
Determined to see it through, he rescheduled for Thursday afternoon in the park.
"More than 100 people turned up and in excess of 10,000 snowballs were thrown," he said.
While many said the event was a draw, he reckoned the northsiders won the day.
"It was tough out there, but the northsiders threw with 87pc accuracy, and in the end the adjudicators called it as a win for them," he said.
"There were many fallen warriors on both sides. It was a brave and brutal fight, but in the end the southsiders got absolutely lashed out of it."
The event attracted a flurry of bets on its outcome with Paddy Power, who opened betting on the action as soon as it was announced.
"The southsiders turned up in their droves to drive snow into the faces of their arch- enemies, but as the odds-on favourites at 1/5, the northsiders proved tough opponents in the end," a spokesman for the bookie said.
"As predicted by us, they sent them back to their mammies and daddies with frozen tears trailing from their faces."