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World of Sport

28th Feb 2018

Ireland’s Winter Olympics team have homecoming cancelled… because it’s too snowy in Ireland

Patrick McCarry

You’d have thought they’d have had the proper gear for it and all.

Ireland’s Winter Olympics team were due to have a big homecoming at Dublin Airport this afternoon but the Irish spring is too wintry.

Minster for Sport, Brendan Griffin T.D was due out at the airport to help welcome back the Olympians – Brendan ‘Bubba’ Newby, Seamus O’Connor and Thomas Westgaard – along with OCI President Sarah Keane and Team Ireland Team Leader Shane O’Connor.

The trio recently represented Ireland at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, along with teammates Patrick McMillan and Tess Arbez, and were due to be met by family, friends and the waiting media.

However, adverse weather conditions arising from the sweeping cold front from the East have put paid to that. A release sent out this afternoon read:

‘The media event today for Team Ireland’s Winter Olympic Team is postponed due to bad weather.

‘We’ll update you with more information once we have a new confirmed date and time for the homecoming.’

In fairness to the organisers, the event was always listed as ‘subject to weather conditions’ but they felt the incoming Storm Emma could cause flight disruptions.

Who would have thought the snow would have affected the Winter Olympians’ return to sunny old Ireland.