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Storm Ciara forces cancellation of Sunday soccer & Shannon flights

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*Shannon Town’s Colin Scanlan under pressure from Avenue Utd’s Dylan Casey. Photograph: John Mangan

Storm Ciara’s scheduled arrival has forced the cancellation of two Aer Lingus Shannon Airport and the postponement of all fixed games for Sunday in the MD Clare District Soccer League.

Shannon Airport confirmed on Saturday evening that flights EI384 from Shannon to Heathrow, and EI385 from Heathrow to Shannon have been cancelled. Passengers have been encouraged to check with their airlines for flight information.

From 5am on Sunday morning an orange weather warning will come into effect.

Such a forecast has influenced the decision of the CDSL Executive to issue the blanket postponement of all games due to take place on Sunday. The historic six minute tie between Avenue Utd and Newmarket Celtic in the Premier Division was earmarked as the pick of the games with The Guaridan’s Football Weekly podcast giving the unique encounter a mention.

A spokesperson for Clare County Council told The Clare Echo, “Storm Ciara (named by the UK Met Office) will produce very strong winds over Ireland on Sunday with a risk of damaging gusts. Over the weekend the combination of Spring Tides and high seas as well as stormy conditions will result in an elevated risk of coastal flooding especially along southern, western and northwestern coasts. There is also a risk of localised flooding this weekend, especially over the western half of the country”.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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