Q Radio festive Sport
Ulster's Pro14 game against Connacht in Galway is set to go ahead this Sunday.
All sporting activity is banned here for a week from Boxing Day, but elite level sport can continue in the Republic.
The inter-pro clash will be played behind closed doors at The Sportsground.
Unbeaten league leaders Ulster haven't won there for five years and back row Jordi Murphy says it's time for a change:
Murphy starts, but a number of other first team regulars are ruled out:
Meanwhile, Boxing Day also saw confirmation of a top player's departure:
Just in - Ulster Rugby and back row star Marcell Coetzee have reached an agreement to allow the player to return home to South Africa at the end of the season.— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) December 26, 2020
Ulster statement: pic.twitter.com/cMFvjbm21l
The big Danske Bank Premiership Boxing Day derbies didn't take place this year on December 26th.
However, with the opening round of the Irish Cup postponed, they are back on - on January 9th.
⚽️ Irish Cup & NIFL Championship "on hold after Department for Communities and Sport NI confirmed they cannot support the request to have the competitions delivered under ‘elite’ protocols."— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) December 24, 2020
Were due to start next month
Women’s Challenge Cup also “remains paused”
Irish FA: pic.twitter.com/MRXon4643x
There's been some interesting activity off the pitch in north Belfast:
Another new recruit for the Reds - midfielder Rory Hale makes the move to Cliftonville from north Belfast rivals Crusaders! It’s the second big signing this week after ex-Wolves keeper Aaron McCarey left Dundalk for Solitude. #DanskeBankPrem pic.twitter.com/W5n97lyHo3— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) December 23, 2020
New recruit: Cliftonville have signed former Wolves and Warrenpoint keeper Aaron McCarey. The 28-year-old joins the Reds from Dundalk. pic.twitter.com/Xguio4mj90— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) December 22, 2020
On Christmas Eve, news about a star from the East:
Wise men from the East and the perfect gift...— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) December 24, 2020
News all Glentoran fans wanted for Christmas - Croatian star Hrvoje Plum has signed a contract extension that will keep the midfielder at The Oval until the end of the 2021-2022 season. #Glentoran #DanskeBankPrem
📸: GFC pic.twitter.com/l3HB6msLd4