Follow Lovin Dublin

Dublin's St. Patrick's Day parade has been officially cancelled due to coronavirus

By James Fenton

March 9, 2020 at 3:00pm


Dublin's St. Patrick's Day parade has been cancelled due to the outbreak of coronavirus, it has been confirmed this afternoon.

After a meeting of the Cabinet sub-committee today, it has been decided that Dublin's St. Patrick's Day parade will be cancelled in a bit to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The news comes after the St. Patrick's Day parade in Cork fell to the same fate while Ireland's Six Nations clash with France scheduled for this Saturday has been postponed until October.

Earlier Health Minister Simon Harris said that he was expecting a "rapid escalation in cases" of coronavirus here in Ireland. Over in Italy, a quarter of the population has been quarantined with restrictions on movements in Lombardy as well as Parma, Modena, Padua and Venice.

Meanwhile, the Football Association of Ireland has today issued a statement advising players not to shake hands with opponents or match officials.

Dublin's annual St. Patrick's Day regularly provides a massive boost for Irish tourism with thousands of people flying here every year to witness it. Back in 2001, the parade was postponed until May due to the Foot And Mouth crisis.

READ NEXT: Dublin restaurant forced to close last month due to evidence of rat droppings


Join the Lovin Dublin Newsletter

* indicates required


Marketing Permissions

Please select all the ways you would like to hear from Lovin Media Group:

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. For information about our privacy practices, please visit our website.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here.