Monday 23 April 2018

‘I’ve never seen the likes of it’ – GAA pitch submerged as Storm Desmond wreaks havoc

Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

A GAA pitch in Galway is showing the extensive damage that Storm Desmond is causing right around the country as sporting action is grinding to a halt.

A Status Red weather warning remains in place as the country is gripped by rain and winds of up to 120km and many sporting fixtures have fallen foul of the harsh conditions.

Clonbur’s GAA pitch lies submerged in water as the western seaboard bears the brunt of the storm, though there are no fixtures fixed until the New Year.

Footage from Walter Holleran shows the extent of the damage.

“The last match would have been an underage game about a month ago,” a club spokesperson told

“The pitch was flooded about three weeks ago but there are no games now until February and the pitch is closed.

“Someone mentioned that there was a pitch flooding in 2009, but I have lived here all my life and never seen anything like it. It’s completely submerged.”

Founded in 1954, Clonbur won the All-Ireland Junior Football title in 2012.

Leinster’s Guinness PRO12 clash with Glasgow Warriors, the Killarney Historic Rally, today's race meeting at Navan and the Interprovincial football and hurling semi-finals have already been cancelled because of weather conditions.

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