Have you had any Santa sightings in your area yet?
It's Christmas Eve, so time to cast your eyes to the skies in hopes of catching Santa Claus, his magical reindeer, and his fantastic sack of toys cruising through wintry night.
As evening falls in Ireland, Irish authorities around the country are doing their best to guide Santy safely through the night.
At around 5 pm Irish time, Minister for Transport Shane Ross said: “My aviation chiefs have been in touch with Santa and assured him that there will be no obstacle to his entering Irish airspace as soon as it gets dark this Christmas Eve."
“Santa’s sleigh has been checked for airworthiness and is fully approved for round-the-world travel. All permits and insurance credentials are in order."
“This year I have been informed that Mrs. Claus will be accompanying Santa in her role as chief navigator. She has advised that milk, cookies, and carrots are the best items for children to leave out before they go to bed.”
TD Ross added: “Mrs. Claus is known to be passionate about the sleigh being an ‘alcohol-free’ zone."
Mrs. Claus reportedly told TD Ross: “If you’re in charge of driving anything at all, be it a car, a sleigh or a scooter, please wait until you’re home before you enjoy a well-deserved Christmas drink."
The Irish Air Corps said they were ready to help Santa Claus along his magical journey:
Santa Requests Assistance from the Air Corps
EMERGENCY UPDATE: Weather front approaching from the South West, Santa requests assistance from the Irish Air Corps to make sure all the good boys and girls get their gifts on time. Happy Christmas! #strengthenthenation #joinourteam #santa #christmas #irishdefenceforcesPubliée par Irish Air Corps sur Lundi 24 décembre 2018
And An Garda Siochana tweeted that they've already had a Santy spotting over Ireland:
Boys & Girls, Santa has just been spotted setting off on his journey, so be good, go to bed early & have a Happy Christmas from An Garda Síochána
"Just hear those sleigh bells jingling
Come on it's lovely weather
For a sleigh ride
together with you" pic.twitter.com/pvifvyZuLc
— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) December 24, 2018
Have you spotted Santa Claus over Ireland yet? Let us know in the comments!