Floods, trees down and events cancelled; Storm Desmond bites hard

Trees fell on cars in Rathfarnham, but thankfully there were no injuries (Pic via Garda Traffic)
Trees fell on cars in Rathfarnham, but thankfully there were no injuries (Pic via Garda Traffic)

The full effects of Storm Desmond are starting to be felt around the country

As predicted, Storm Desmond has been hitting the country pretty hard this weekend.

In Dublin, trees fell on cars in a car park in Rathfarnham. Luckily, nobody was in the vehicles at the time.

In Cork, very bad flooding is being reported on social media.

Met Eireann have reissued their highest level of weather warning, a Red Alert, as the country continues to get battered by the fierce storm.

And sporting events here and in the UK have also been badly affected.

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

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.

Racing 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.

However, there was one bright moment when RTE reporter Teresa Mannion delighted the country with her somewhat impassioned report from Galway on the Six One News.

Grimly hanging on to her hat as she was buffeted by gusts of wind and lashed by rain, she managed to file her report from Galway, prompting a flood of comments on Twitter!

Wouldn't like to be in Teresa Mannion's very soaked shoes right now! #StormDesmond 

Advice of the year Teresa Mannion 'don't swim in the sea' #rtenews #StormDesmond

Someone give poor Teresa Mannion a hot whiskey, you'd need one after that #StormDesmond #sixone

Rewinding Teresa Mannion's report and laughing at her horror in the storm. It's hilarious. @bryansixone @rtenews

Jeepers poor Teresa Mannion under severe pressure with weather conditions, emotional even doing her link from Galway @RTEOne @rtenews