EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Santa's sleigh spotted in Kildare skies

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EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Santa's sleigh spotted in Kildare skies

Santa's sleigh rounding the 'Big Ball' in Naas

In BREAKING NEWS, Santa Claus has been spotted in the skies over Kildare this evening.

Leinster Leader photographers have been scanning the skies and have been lucky to capture some shots of the Man in Red making his journey to deliver toys to Kildare children.

It is speculated that Santa did a quick reconaissance flyover of the county while waiting for all the good boys and girls to go to bed.

Santa in the skies above the Curragh of Kildare

He was spotted by our plucky snappers while rounding the Big Ball on the outskirts of Naas and startling some sheep on the plains of the Curragh.

Children are advised to be tucked up in bed nice and early tonight, so as not to interfere with Santa's tight delivery schedule by being awake when he comes down the chimney.

There were fears yesterday that Storm Barbara might have delayed Santa's visit, but he was cleared to enter Irish airspace by the Irish Aviation Authority and Transport Minister Shane Ross yesterday.

Santa spotted flying over the Fionn MacCumhaill statue at the Curragh motorway roundabout earlier this evening

The Man in Red admiring the Christmas lights in Newbridge as he flies over

Santa keeping an eye on all the Kildare County Council politicians at Aras Chill Dara in Naas - are they on the naughty or nice list?