Crossed off: Traditional county Waterford events fall foul of ongoing crisis
A number of long established summer events in county Waterford have made the tough decision to cancel this year’s gatherings as the Covid-19 crisis shows no signs of easing.
The latest events to fall foul of the Coronavirus are the annual August Bank Holiday Mass at the Holy Year Cross on the Comeragh Mountains and the Tallow Horse Fair.
Just this morning, the organisers of the horse fair in the west county Waterford town announced this year’s event will not being ahead.
The fair has been running since 1910 (110 years), and was scheduled to take place on its traditional September 3 date (Thursday this year), but the current pandemic has taken the decision out of their hands.
Meanwhile, the annual pilgrimage to the Holy Year Cross near Glennagad in the Comeragh Mountains, scheduled for Monday, August 3, has been postponed.
A spokesperson for the Holy Year Cross committee said the decision was made as the average turnout for the mass far exceeds the numbers currently permitted to gather outdoors.
“As the current government guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic restricts the numbers allowed to gather in outdoor settings to 200,” the spokesperson said, “and to adhere to these guidelines after consultation with the Gardai, the Committee, and the parish, it has been sadly decided to postpone the Mass for everyone’s health and safety.
“The public health advice is clear, and we absolutely have to abide by it,“ the committee spokesperson concluded.
The committee hopes to reschedule the Mass to a later date. IN normal circumstances, anywhere from between 800 to 1,000 people make the trek up the mountain to attend the Bank Holiday mass.