Galway 2020 opening ceremony under review due to weather

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The status of the Galway 2020 opening ceremony which is scheduled to take place tomorrow is being kept under review due to weather warnings in place.

The opening ceremony for Galway 2020 is meant to be taking place at South Park in the Claddagh on Saturday, kicking off at 6:30pm.

But multiple weather warnings have been issued by Met Eireann as Storm Ciara is forecast to batter Galway with heavy wind and rain this weekend, with the possibility of flooding.

A Status Orange wind warning will be in effect in Galway from 1pm to 6pm on Saturday, with sustained winds of 65-80km/hr forecast, and gusts reaching up to 120km/hr.

A statement from Galway 2020 said “We aware of the current weather advisories.”

“As public safety is our primary concern, we are keeping the situation under review.”

“Our intention is that the Opening Ceremony will still go ahead, but may be subject to alteration. We will update further on Saturday morning.

President Michael D Higgins is meant to be in town tomorrow to officially inaugurate the opening of the European Capital of Culture.

The ceremony in the Claddagh is to be the last of a week of events which have filling towns around the county with fire and music this week.