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Dublin Derby to go ahead but Storm Dennis prevents TV coverage

The League of Ireland's marquee opening weekend fixture – the Dublin Derby between Bohemian FC ...

Jake O'Donnell
Jake O'Donnell

12:34 15 Feb 2020



Dublin Derby to go ahead but S...
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Dublin Derby to go ahead but Storm Dennis prevents TV coverage

Jake O'Donnell
Jake O'Donnell

12:34 15 Feb 2020

The League of Ireland's marquee opening weekend fixture – the Dublin Derby between Bohemian FC and Shamrock Rovers – will not be on TV due to the effects of Storm Dennis. 

RTÉ confirmed that live TV coverage of the match had been cancelled due to health and safety concerns for staff.

The match is still scheduled to kick-off at 2pm in a sold-out Dalymount Park.

The arrival of Storm Dennis has brought Status Yellow wind and rainfall warnings in operation for the whole country while Met Éireann warned there is a risk of flooding and damaging gusts.

The weather had already taken its toll at the Phibsboro ground earlier in the day as the home dugout was smashed against the fence behind by strong winds.

The dugout was replaced by an old one from storage and referee Rob Hennessy conducted a ground inspection deciding the game could take place.

dublin derby SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Dalymount Park, Phibsborough, Co. Dublin 15/2/2020. Bohemians vs Shamrock Rovers.

Earlier, Bohemian's midfielder Keith Buckley had commented to Off The Ball's Jamie Moore that he was hopeful the game would go ahead, saying the weather was "only a bit of wind".

There had been discussions about safety concerns for players and spectators but Hennessy and his team of officials decided the game would be safe to go ahead.

Speaking ahead of the game, Shamrock Rovers boss Stephen Bradley had also expressed his concern about the effect the weather could play on proceedings.

"We’ll see what the weather is tomorrow but it’s meant to be really bad. It might dictate what kind of game it’s going to be but we’ll have to wait and see.

"There’s always a buzz around Dublin derbies and we’ve got a few of them this year with St Pat’s and Shelbourne back up there as well. I’m sure there’ll be many more games like this that we’ll be involved in. Bohs finished third last year and have a really strong squad."

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