It comes as no surprise, really.
But Cork City Council has now confirmed that Covid-19 has put a stop to the second St Patrick’s Day parade in a row, due to public health concerns.
“Cork City will not see a St. Patrick’s Day Parade on the streets this year, but planning is underway to celebrate our national holiday with a programme of activity that can be delivered and enjoyed safely over the days leading up to March 17th.” the City Council said in a statement.
“Details of these activities will be announced over the coming weeks.”
Meanwhile, Dublin City Council has also announced the cancellation of the largest parade in the country, announcing that a “rich and dynamic programme of festival events, created by hundreds of artists, musicians, performers, makers, creators, arts and live events workers and community organisations across Ireland, will run on the St Patrick’s Festival TV online channel over six days and nights” instead.
— Ann-Marie O’Mahony (@annmarie3asg) March 17, 2020
On what will be a strange anniversary, March 17th 2021 will mark a year since the pandemic first began to take hold. In a public address on St Patrick’s Day 2020, Leo Varadkar, then Taoiseach, sent shockwaves across the country when he suggested the restrictions could stretch into the summer months.
“Many of you want to know when this will be over,” he said. “The truth is we don’t know yet.”