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Flurry of bets for white Paddy’s Day

Wednesday, 13th March, 2019 4:56pm

It seems the threat of snow and unsettled weather won’t deter St Patrick’s Day celebrations around the county.

Punters across the nation are dreaming of a white Paddy’s Day after the odds for snowfall were slashed from 5/1 to 15/8, however organisers around Cork are confident that great fun will be had come wind, rain or shine.

Speaking to the Cork Independent yesterday, Chairman of the Mallow St Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, Noel O’Conor said: “This parade in Mallow has gone ahead for the last 30 years and the only time it didn’t run was for the year of the foot and mouth. So I don’t anticipate that anything will stop us this year.”

He added: “Putting on a parade is not an easy job. This is March and you could have four seasons in one day. We’ve talked to the council, the roads will be closed, the performers are ready and the gardaí are in position.”

Parade organiser in Carrigtwohill, Lorraine O’Connell is also feeling confident that the weather will in no way dampen the fun on the big day.

“We’re flat out this week and preparations are going very well.

“Of course the weather is always an issue every year but this year we are in a little bit of a better situation as we’ve been provided with a proper stage,” said Ms O’Connell.

She added: “We always try to have a plan B in place but so far we haven’t come up against any bad weather yet.

“I don’t think it’s going to snow, but I’d rather snow than rain to be honest. Our parade starts at 1.15pm and a little flurry at 2.30pm would be ideal!”

The shift in the odds came after the number of bet requests snowballed across the country following the release of a status yellow snow-ice warning by Met Éireann.

Lawrence Lyons, spokesperson for BoyleSports, said: “There will be plenty of the black stuff on the go next Sunday but it’s the white stuff that has us running scared at the minute.”

He added: “The odds are plummeting alongside the temperatures and if this continues it’ll not be long before snow falling on the St Patrick’s Day parades is an odds-on shot.”

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