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Storm Deirdre Plays Havoc With Irish Sporting Fixtures As Orange Warning Issued

Storm Deirdre Plays Havoc With Irish Sporting Fixtures As Orange Warning Issued

A Status Orange weather warning comes into effect this afternoon as Storm Deirdre brings rain and strong winds down on Ireland.

The warming is from 3pm until midnight, as gusts of up to 130km/h are likely with ESB crews on standby.

Already, three of today’s second round clashes in the O’Byrne Cup have been postponed. Leinster Council confirmed this morning that Wexford v Laois; Westmeath v Offaly and Wicklow v Louth will not go ahead. It was weather-related cancellations that infamously resulted in the 2018 O'Byrne Cup Final being played after the Allianz League.

In Ulster, today's Conor McGurk Cup that saw Queens GAA fixed against Down and Ulster University versus Armagh have also been postponed.

Leinster Rugby have also released a statement ahead of their Champions Cup clash with Bath on Saturday evening. The province confirmed that "as it stands, the match is going ahead" but "if anything changes, we will announce ASAP."

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The All-Ireland Junior Cup Semi-Final between Enniscorthy RFC and Wicklow has been called off.

However, there are games that are set to go ahead. Meath's O'Byrne Cup clash with Longford is at the time of writing still being played as is Kildare's tie against Carlow.

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