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Thursday 22 February 2018

Killarney Rally, Leinster's PRO12 clash and GAA Interpros called off as sporting events falling victim to Storm Desmond

A general view of Scotstoun Stadium following the cancellation of the game.
A general view of Scotstoun Stadium following the cancellation of the game.
Scotstoun Stadium grounds staff walk the pitch following the cancellation of the game, due to the weather conditions.
A picture of Moll's Gap in Kerry this morning. The Killarney Rally has been postponed because of the weather conditions.
Storm Desmond is disrupting sporting fixtures
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Leinster’s Guinness PRO12 clash with Glasgow Warriors has been called off events across Ireland and the UK have fallen foul of Storm Desmond.

Leinster supporters were unable to travel with flights already cancelled to Glasgow and after a  pitch inspection at Scotstoun, it was decided not to proceed with the match.

A Status Red weather warning remains in place this morning as the adverse weather conditions sweep across the country, with winds of 120km recorded in some areas.

The Killarney Historic Rally has also been postponed. Kerry County Council say a major emergency plan has been activated and the rally cannot run.

Today’s race meeting at Navan has been called off after the morning track inspection. More than 20mm of rain had fallen overnight but officials were hopeful that the track would be raceable before deterioration in conditions forced the decision.

The County Meath circuit was due to stage a seven-race card, featuring the Grade Three Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Klairon Davis Novice Chase.

Turf Club press officer Cliff Noone said: "Unfortunately today's meeting at Navan has been cancelled.

"They were due to inspect at 9.30am, but the situation has worsened and is due to get worse again through the morning.

"There is no problem with the ground, the track is fine, but they have gale force winds and it's not safe for racing to take place."

The meeting at Punchestown is still due to go ahead.

The Interprovincial football and hurling semi-finals have been called off, while the AIB Leinster Club JHC Final between Lusmagh and Glenmore, scheduled to take place in Lusmagh, Co. Offaly, has now been called off. The game had originally been scheduled for O’Connor Park.

Cross Channel, Celtic’s match at home to Hamilton has been postponed due to torrential rain and it not the only game in Scotland to fall foul of the weather. Hearts’ home tie against Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Motherwell’s visit to Partick Thistle have also been called off.

Following individual pitch inspections over the last two days, each of the Continental Tyres Women's National League games scheduled for this weekend have been postponed.

Adverse weather conditions have made each of the selected pitches unplayable.

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