X Factor stars Jedward have been forced to withdraw from this year’s UCD Ball as a result of the ongoing air travel restrictions around Europe.

Their cancellation comes just one day before they were due to play in Belfield.

Jedward’s booking to appear in UCD was subject to the UCD Students’ Union being able to offer helicopter transport from UCD to Castlebar, Co Mayo, where the twins had already announced a gig as part of their ongoing nationwide tour. It is understood that no helicopter clearance has been given, as Ireland’s airports work to remove the passenger backlog caused as a result of the ash cloud, and that the SU have thus been forced to allow the twins prioritise their earlier commitments.