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Mass gatherings cancelled for summer 2020

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*Crowds attending the Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis. Photograph: True Media

Mass gatherings that would attract crowds in excess of 5,000 will not be allowed take place until the end of August at the earliest.

Summer 2020 will see no large-scale events such as concerts and major sporting fixtures such as the GAA inter-county championship in Ireland. The Tidy Towns competition will not go ahead.

Restrictions have meant no mass gatherings have taken place in Ireland since March 24th. A Government spokesperson has confirmed that this will continue to apply until the end of August for all events which require a licence for crowds greater than 5,000 people. The matter will be reviewed on a regular basis with the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).

“There are a number of largescale future events which require licensing and the involvement of the HSE and Garda Síochána, and public consultation in that licensing process which fall to be determined in advance of that by local authorities.

“While the issue of restrictions on future mass gatherings is a decision to be taken by the NPHET, in the case of these particular events, and taking account of the impacts on the integrity of the licensing process in the short-term due to restrictions on stakeholder involvement, local authorities have been advised by Government that event promoters should be informed that events requiring licences in excess of 5,000 will not be considered for the period up to the end of August”.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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