York Irish St Patrick’s Festival is cancelled

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This weekend’s York Irish St Patrick’s Festival has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The annual festival, set to run from today (Friday, 13 March) to Sunday, will not now go ahead.

Held under a marquee in St Sampson’s Square, it was due to feature music, Irish dancing and even a Gaelic football demonstration.

Organiser Brendan Tannam said it was a tough decision. He told YorkMix:

  • In light of recent developments concerning the coronavirus in the UK we have made the hard decision to cancel our York Irish St. Patricks weekend festival this weekend in St. Sampsons Square.

    We have decided to do this to ensure the safety of our wider community.

    We would like to say thank you to everyone who supports the York Irish Association and in particular those who were due to perform with us this weekend.

What will still go ahead is the unveiling of a blue plaque to mark the impact that the Irish community have had in York.

The plaque will be going up in Melrose Yard, off Walmgate, and will be unveiled at 11am today.