Leopardstown will be able to accommodate all racegoers who have already purchased tickets for their Christmas festival, but confirmed that new Covid-19 restrictions mean no more tickets will be sold for the four-day meeting from 26-29 December.

Last Friday, the Government opted to implement the National Public Health Emergency Team's recommendations on spectator limits for sporting events, with measures set to limit capacity for outdoor venues to 50% or 5,000 people, whichever is lower.

This means that the south Dublin racecourse could only admit 5,000 people on each day of their Christmas festival, however a combination of cancellations and the "generous cooperation" of sponsors and stakeholders mean that no purchased tickets need to be cancelled.

The racecourse released a statement saying they had been examining their plans since Taoiseach Micheál Martin's announcement on Friday.

"We have also been working over the weekend with our commercial partners and stakeholders, and with their generous co-operation have regained enough capacity to allow us facilitate all those who purchased on public sale their tickets for the Leopardstown Christmas festival.

"As a result we are delighted that everyone who currently has a ticket for the Leopardstown Christmas Festival will be able to attend according to the details of their ticket.

"Unfortunately, there will be no additional tickets available to purchase for any day and admission without a ticket on the day of racing cannot be accommodated. We look forward to welcoming many of our customers back to the Leopardstown Christmas Festival for the first time in two years."

Rugby fans are waiting for confirmation of plans surrounding the four festive interprovincial United Rugby Championship derbies, scheduled for St Stephen's Day and New Year's Day, with Munster v Leinster on 26 December potentially moving to an earlier time due to the 8pm curfew.

Watch the four days of racing from Leopardstown on RTÉ2 and the RTÉ Player.