BAD weather looks set to significantly disrupt the sporting calendar for the rest of the week with several sporting bodies saying they are monitoring conditions.
All 10 SSE Airtricity League games has been postponed.
Derry City were due to make their return to the Brandywell against Dundalk.
Mayor of Derry Maoliosa McHugh tweeted this evening: “Disappointing news
@derrycityfc fans that their first home match in the new Brandywell Stadium has been cancelled by the FAI.
“Fans don’t have long to wait to see the new stadium as next home game is on Monday 12 March against Limerick”
The FAI said in a statement: “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 Eireann.”
The five Premier Division games have been rescheduled for Monday 19 March.
Munster, Connacht and Leinster are all playing abroad this weekend, but Munster’s trip to Edinburgh on Friday and Leinster’s visit to the Scarlets on Saturday must be in doubt. Connacht are in South Africa to face the Cheetahs on the same day, a safe distance from Storm Emma and “The Beast”.
The GAA confirmed that a fixtures plan is being put in place to cater for any potential negative impact caused by the adverse weather on the Allianz Leagues.
The details of this contingency plan will be announced later in the week and a decision made on the double-league weekend schedule on Friday.