Cork St. Patrick's Day Parade Cancelled

9th March 2020

In the context of the evolving circumstances around coronavirus (COVID-19), a meeting was held this morning between the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. John Sheehan and Chief Executive, Ann Doherty at which the holding of the St Patrick’s Day Parade in the city centre was discussed.

A risk assessment, based on World Health Organisation guidelines, was carried out by Cork City Council which concluded that based on the demographic of those attending the parade, the close proximity of people attending the event and the duration of the event (among other considerations), Cork City Council is not in a position to provide the necessary assurances in relation to current WHO Guidelines.

Both the Lord Mayor and CE agreed that the welfare of attendees and participants is the primary concern and so, the Lord Mayor and Chief Executive have made a decision to cancel this year’s parade.