Snow proves too high a hurdle
MAJOR Christmas events have already fallen victim to this week's snow and ice.
The biggest of these is the Leopardstown Festival, which was due to begin on St Stephen's Day.
More than 55,000 people were expected to attend the four days of horse racing in Co Dublin. But because of more than 20cm of snow on the track, the event is now scheduled to run from Monday, December 27, to Thursday, December 30.
Racing has also been postponed in Limerick. Its Christmas festival is now expected to go ahead from Monday, December 27, to Wednesday, December 29.
The traditional post-Christmas inter-provincial rugby clashes, as part of the Magners League, are set to go ahead.
The playing surface at the Sportsground in Galway has been protected by 80 bales of straw for Connacht's game with Munster on St Stephen's Day.
In Belfast, the Ulster Branch of the IRFU said yesterday that groundstaff at Ravenhill were working hard to ensure their pitch was playable and that their stadium was safe for spectators.
Ulster are due to play Leinster on December 27.
None of the major pantomimes or concerts planned over the Christmas and New Year period have been cancelled due to the weather.
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