All Ring of Cork St Patrick’s Day 2020 Parades Cancelled due to Covid-19

09 Mar 2020

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All St Patrick’s Day 2020 Parades have been cancelled due to the outbreak of Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland. The parades in Ballincollig,Carrigaline, Carrigtwohill, Cobh, Crosshaven, Douglas, Glounthaune and Whitegate join the already cancelled Midleton and Youghal Parades. You can find more details about each parade below. It is hoped that some of these parades can be rescheduled to later this year.


It is with deep regret that the Organising Committee of the Ballincollig St Patrick’s Day Parade has had to make the decision to cancel this year’s event. This decision follows the advice issued by the Department of Health.

Since September, the volunteer committee has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to organise what was expected to be the town’s biggest and best parade. We were hoping that the event could have proceeded and we had, therefore, waited until we received expert advice before making the decision to cancel.

We would like to thank all of the clubs, associations and businesses that have supported us and a very special thank you to the volunteers who have worked so hard over the last few months.


The Organising Committee of the Carrigaline St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2020 has decided to cancel the Carrigaline Parade that was due to be held on March 17th, due to the evolving circumstances around the Covid-19 Virus. The Committee has been monitoring Guidelines from the Government and the Public Health Authorities.

The Committee would like t thank all the community in Carrigaline and the surrounding areas, who have supported our efforts to run the Parade this year and to all the local grounds who had committed to taking art. We hope to have a bigger and better parade next year.

The Safety and Health of all our local community is Paramount and this decision is taken with that in mind.


In light of recent developments regarding Covid-19 (Corona Virus), we The Parade Committee, have decided to take the difficult decision to POSTPONE this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The Health & Safety of the most vulnerable in our Community must come first !

However, all is not lost, we have, to-date, received such fantastic support and generated such great Community Spirit – we are hoping to reschedule the Parade for a later date.

Any entry fees already paid can be collected from the office or if you prefer, we can arrange to post out to you!

Finally, thank you to the entire Carrigtwohill Community – Clubs, Groups, and Businesses that have given us their support year-on-year.


Cobh St Patrick’s Day Committee would like to thank each & every person, group and business who have supported our efforts over the past several months in getting our town and island back celebrating St Patrick’s Day.
As a committee we have been blown away by the Kindness, Support and Generosity our community have shown us.
We created this committee to get our Community and Children back celebrating our national Day and boy, did we succeed.

We have worked tirelessly throughout the past year to make this happen.

We raised €24,975.27 before overheads in the past several months while creating a massive awareness campaign to put St Patrick’s Day back on the map for the children and people of Cobh & Great Island.

We had a family festival with some free goodies planned in the promenade with awards throughout the day, live entertainment from local performers and we planned to finish our day off with a bang by having a firework display in front of the promenade with the help of DSG.

We teamed up with Cobh Zero Waste to create a green zone within our festival to teach kids and family’s in a fun way how to dispose of their waste correctly. County Clean kindly agreed to sponsor supply of the Bins and removal of waste.

Janssen Sciences Ireland, Cobh Museum, St Colemans Cathedral, The Irish Naval Base and Belvelly Castle all agreed to light up their wind turbines and buildings green around the harbour and island.

Cobh Credit Union gave our committee great support by becoming our Main Sponsor to enable us invest into this year’s parade. The support that they have shown us is incredible.

Cobh Municipal District office headed by Paraig Lynch with the support of all our Councillors have given us great support with investment from a Municipal Grant and funds from the monies collected through Parking Meters throughout the town.

Also to mention Sorensen Civil Engineering have been wonderful to deal with while sponsoring this year’s safety barriers.

Our parade was gearing up to be a wonderful display of various groups, society’s, sports clubs, schools, businesses and much much more.

Garry & Anne Wilson who have brought back Belvelly Castle to its glory giving our Island a major boost was the Parade’s Honorary Guest’s for 2020.

We started our efforts by climbing the highest mountain in Ireland and now with deep sadness we have to POSTPONE our celebrations for this years St Patrick’s Day. The health and well-being of our community is paramount and supersedes any event regardless of work and plans gone into making the event super special for Cobh and Great Island.

Thank you all kindly for your support and understanding with the situation we find ourselves in with the extremely Contagious COVID-19z.

We will post updates on our Social Media accounts once we know and decide when it is safe to launch the event.


In line with national policy, we are sorry to have to announce that the Crosshaven St. Patrick’s Festival is POSTPONED. All we can say for now, is WATCH THIS SPACE!! We continue to be committed to the Crosshaven community, let’s all keep looking after each other… remember to wash your hands!!


The Douglas St Patricks Day Parade and Family Day originally scheduled from 12:30pm to 5:30pm has been cancelled due to Covid-19.


t is with deep regret that we announce that we are in the position of having to cancel the St. Patrick’s Day Parade due to concerns about COVID-19.

The health of our community is our primary concern and this decision was not taken lightly. We hope that those hoping to participate in the parade and associated fun will not be too disappointed.

The festivities in the village on St. Patrick’s Day have always been well supported and has been a fantastic day, and we will be back next year.


The Whitegate Residents Association are saddened to have to announce that following numerous discussions over the last 48 hours we have this morning made the decision to cancel the 2020 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Whitegate Village. While we had hoped that everything would be ok for the event to proceed the simple fact is that the COVID -19 Virus is spreading and while all efforts are being made to contain it, it is our view that as the parade organisers we must make sure that all decisions in relation to the parade put safety first. It is clear to us that large gatherings could increase the potential risk for the virus to spread and therefore it is incumbent on us to make this decision.

We would like to thank all the groups, businesses and companies who had registered to attend this year’s parade which was gearing up to be one of the biggest yet. While we understand many people may be disappointed with the decision, we are sure that you will all understand the importance at the current time to put safety first above all else.

The organising team had put a huge amount of work into the planning for the parade and while we are disappointed to have to cancel, we can assure you that work will being on delivering a superb parade in 2021 from here on.
Finally, we would like to thank all of the Doctors, Nurses, Health Care workers and medical experts throughout the country who are doing to much to try to contain this virus and we hope that everyone stays safe over the coming weeks.

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