Beast from the East wreaks havoc on sporting weekend

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Two games at the Markets Field have had to be cancelled due to the inclement weather this week. Photo: Sporting Limerick

SEVERE WEATHER conditions due to Storm Emma/Beast from the East around Ireland in the last few days have seen the sporting calendar for this weekend completely decimated.

Munster’s game against Edinburgh set for Friday night will now not go ahead due to Storm Emma and has been re-fixed for the weekend of March 16/17/18.

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“The severe weather currently being experienced in the UK and Ireland combined to the further inclement conditions forecast for tomorrow night, means that those travelling to BT Murrayfield would likely be exposed to hazardous conditions which raises welfare concerns,” said a Munster statement today.

“It is in the best interests of everyone involved to postpone the fixture until the weekend of March 16/17/18. The exact date and kick-off time will be confirmed as soon as possible.”

The all Limerick Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Senior Cup semi final between Crescent College and Glenstal due to be played yesterday at the Markets Field went by the wayside and has been refixed for the same venue this Monday.

Elsewhere, Limerick’s senior hurlers’ promotion decider against Galway in Salthill on Sunday has also fell foul of the weather. The senior footballers game against Waterford is also one of 33 games in the Allianz National Leagues that has been cancelled.

Releasing the news this afternoon via a statement, the GAA said: “The GAA has confirmed that all Allianz Football and Hurling league fixtures scheduled for this weekend have been postponed.

“A full revised fixtures programme to cover the remaining rounds of the Allianz Leagues will be issued on Monday, March 5th. For the moment, the following should be noted as broad principles:

“Round 5 of the Allianz Hurling League will now take place next weekend (March 10th/11th).

“The Division 1 Allianz Hurling League Quarter finals will move to the weekend of March 17th/18th, the semi-finals to the weekend of March 24th/25th and the Allianz Hurling League final to March 31st.

“Round 5 of the Allianz Football League – due to be played this weekend – will move to March 10th/11th.

“Any exceptions to the above will be addressed in the revised fixture programme to be issued on Monday.”

Limerick FC’s game scheduled for the Markets Field on Sunday has also been postponed along with the rest of this weekend’s SSE Airtricity League fixtures.

Tommy Barrett’s side were due to welcome Shamrock Rovers to the Garryowen venue in a bid to recover from the embarrassing midweek defeat to Dundalk. This game has already been re-fixed for Monday, March 19.