BREAKING: Waterford town cancels St Patrick’s Day Parade over Coronavirus fears
Organisers of the Dungarvan St Patrick’s Day Festival have just made the decision to call off this year’s parade over Coronavirus fears.
In a statement released on Facebook, organisers said: “Due to the ongoing concerns re Coronavirus we have decided to cancel this year’s St Patrick’s day parade.
“We appreciate the support of the local community as always with our parade but feel it is more important to prioritise the wellbeing of our community.”
This comes before the publication of the national guidelines on mass gatherings which is expected to be released this afternoon.
Earlier Youghal in county Cork, became the first town in the country to cancel its St Patrick’s Day parade over Coronavirus fears.
Organisers of the parade in Youghal, county Cork, this morning took the decision to cancel the parade in the interest of public safety.
The volunteer group Youghal 4 All, organisers of the parade, said in a statement: “It is with deep regret that Youghal 4 All has found themselves in the position of having to cancel the St. Patrick’s Day Parade due to our concerns about COVID-19.
“The festivities in Youghal on St Patrick’s Day have always been well supported and it is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the rich and varied culture of the town.
“Young and old alike throng the streets to watch the parade. Their health and the health of our community is our primary concern.
“We would like to apologise to the public, clubs, groups, societies and businesses affected by this decision but feel that we must act in the best interests of public health and safety,” the statement concluded.