Beast from the East wipes out Cork sporting fixtures for the weekend

Beast from the East wipes out Cork sporting fixtures for the weekend
Páirc Uí Chaoimh under snow. Picture:Larry Cummins

THE Beast from the East looks to have wiped out all sporting activity in Cork and elsewhere this weekend.

Sporting organisations have been quick to announce the cancellation of their games on the grounds of health and safety concerns.

Cork City's home League of Ireland Premier Division clash with Bohemians will now take place on Monday, March 19 after the FAI decided to postpone all of this weekend’s schedule.

With Storm Emma affecting most of the country, a statement was released yesterday afternoon, stating: “Following a detailed monitoring process, where the FAI worked closely with all clubs, it was decided to postpone all games in the Premier and First Divisions due to current severe weather conditions and future forecasts from Met Éireann.” 

League leaders City, who beat Sligo Rovers 4-1 on Monday night to make it three wins from three, were due to host Bohs in a televised game at 7.30pm tomorrow night. 

The club have said that all tickets for the clash will remain valid for the new date.

As a result of the switch, City’s away game with Limerick, which had been due to take place on St Patrick’s Day, March 17, has now been brought forward to the previous night, with a 7.45pm kick-off.

Cobh Ramblers were set to take on Galway United on Saturday, a game which had been brought forward to 3pm earlier this week. 

A new date for that game will be fixed in due course.

Basketball games have also suffered the wrath of Storm Emma.

Tomorrow night's SuperLeague basketball clash between Ambassador UCC Glanmire and Singleton's SuperValu Brunell in Upper Glanmire has been postponed until next Wednesday night.  

A decision on the games scheduled to be played on Saturday and Sunday will be made later today.

Greyhound racing in Youghal and Curraheen Park on Friday night have also been cancelled.

A decision on the weekend's inter-county games involving Cork will be made tomorrow, but officials are hopeful they can go ahead on Sunday.

There's a full round of fixtures slated for the Football League across Saturday and Sunday.

The final round of group games in the Hurling League are set to be played on Sunday.

If they're called off it could prove problematic, with no free weekends between now and the slated hurling final date of March 24.

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