RTÉ forced to cancel live broadcast of Dublin Derby due to high winds

Dalymount Park has been battered by the high winds of Storm Dennis.

LAST UPDATE | Feb 15th 2020, 2:10 PM

TODAY’S SSE AIRTRICITY League clash between Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers went ahead in spite of the high winds battering Dalymount Park, but RTÉ were forced to cancel their planned live broadcast of the game. 

a-view-of-windy-conditions-at-dalymount-park Ryan Byrne / INPHO Windy conditions in Dalymount Park today. Ryan Byrne / INPHO / INPHO

The strong winds wrought by Storm Dennis meant that the commentary gantry and elevated camera positions were deemed unsafe, and a decision was made to cancel the live broadcast just less than an hour before kick-off. 

RTÉ’s live radio commentary of the game went ahead as planned.

rob-hennessy-inspects-the-bench Ryan Byrne / INPHO Referee Rob Hennessy inspects the benches ahead of kick-off. Ryan Byrne / INPHO / INPHO

An RTÉ statement read, “The SSE Airtricity League of Ireland and RTÉ Sport regret to announce the cancellation of live TV coverage of today’s Dublin derby between Bohemian FC and Shamrock Rovers. The decision was taken on health and safety grounds due to the inclement weather and its effect on the working conditions of broadcast staff.”

Having initially been scheduled for last night, Friday 14 February for an evening kick-off, the game was moved to this afternoon following consultation with Gardaí. 

Shamrock Rovers emerged winners, thanks to a dramatic 93rd-minute winner by Aaron Greene. 

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