An online Irish festival scheduled to take place over St Patrick’s Week has been cancelled.

Festival producers of the Wild Atlantic Fleadh cited the spike in confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout Europe and the US for their decision.

A spokesperson told The Clare Echo, “While we are very disappointed to have to push the Wild Atlantic Fleadh to next year, the health and safety of our performers and crew has to come first. Our confidence that we could safely produce the online fleadh was based on the numbers when we announced back in November, however the current trajectory of the virus is a different playing field to anything prior.

“We know that postponing the Wild Atlantic Fleadh is the responsible and right thing to do. One positive outcome of moving the Fleadh to 2022 is that we can combine the planned online event with a live and in person event, which was always the long term goal of the producers”.

Patrons who had already purchased tickets will be refunded in full, organisers have confirmed. A new date for the Wild Atlantic Fleadh in 2022 will be announced in due course. Any concerns or questions regarding the status of their refund should be directed to support@stageit.com.

Dubbed as a newcomer to the Irish Festival scene, the Wild Atlantic Fleadh is a celebration of all things Celtic, spanning genres of music, dance and culture. The Fleadh’s goal is to celebrate a shared heritage by producing world-class festival and events celebrating Ireland’s rich history of music, arts and culture.

Acts that had been confirmed to play at the five-day 2021 festival included Cherish the Ladies, Nathan Carter, Riverdance tenor Michael Londra, folk duo Byrne and Kelly, Celtic Woman star Chloë Agnew and newcomer Emma Langford.

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