Saturday 16 December 2017

Life and limb well catered for in mud

THE mud and the slopes have caused a few casualties, but the organisers aren't going into details.

I've heard of a couple of people breaking legs, but that hasn't being confirmed.

All they would say was that there had been "limb injuries and normal medical condition injuries" -- whatever they are -- but nothing life-threatening.

Given the physical condition of the fine and ample bodies of the majority of the media corps, we are lucky that there were no heart attacks on the steep and long climb to the bus departure area.

However, medical emergencies are well catered for with seven doctors, two nurses, a pharmacist and 30 qualified first aid people on site.

Carr sure killeen castle right as rain

RODDY Carr (pictured) was keeping a close eye on the trials and tribulations suffered by the Celtic Manor owners and staff -- because of next year's Solheim Cup. Carr's Twenty Eleven company are running the Cup to be played at Killeen Castle.

Given the disruption caused by the weather here, I asked Carr if he had any concerns about rain affecting the Solheim Cup next September.

He knows all about rain disruptions, as Carr was involved in the company that helped run the 1997 Ryder Cup at Valderrama when rain caused delays.

Regarding the Solheim Cup, he is confident Killeen Castle can cope with even more rain than fell at Celtic Manor. "There has been an €8m investment in the drainage alone at Killeen Castle. We have five times as much drainage as Mount Juliet or The K Club. I would be totally confident in terms of playability of the golf course next September."

Forewarned is forearmed as well for coping with potential deluges that could affect parking and spectator walkways.

In that respect, Celtic Manor 2010 has given organisers of future events in Europe at this time of year much food for thought.

Irish Independent

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