More Ring of Cork St Patrick’s Day 2020 Parades Cancelled due to Covid-19

More St Patrick’s Day 2020 Parades have been cancelled due to the outbreak of Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland. The parades in Carrigtwohill, Cobh and Whitegate join the already cancelled Midleton and Youghal Parades. You can find more details about each parade below. It is hoped that some of these parades can be rescheduled to later this year.


In light of recent developments regarding Covid-19 (Corona Virus), we The Parade Committee, have decided to take the difficult decision to POSTPONE this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The Health & Safety of the most vulnerable in our Community must come first !

However, all is not lost, we have, to-date, received such fantastic support and generated such great Community Spirit – we are hoping to reschedule the Parade for a later date.

Any entry fees already paid can be collected from the office or if you prefer, we can arrange to post out to you!

Finally, thank you to the entire Carrigtwohill Community – Clubs, Groups, and Businesses that have given us their support year-on-year.


Cobh St Patrick’s Day Committee would like to thank each & every person, group and business who have supported our efforts over the past several months in getting our town and island back celebrating St Patrick’s Day.
As a committee we have been blown away by the Kindness, Support and Generosity our community have shown us.
We created this committee to get our Community and Children back celebrating our national Day and boy, did we succeed.

We have worked tirelessly throughout the past year to make this happen.

We raised €24,975.27 before overheads in the past several months while creating a massive awareness campaign to put St Patrick’s Day back on the map for the children and people of Cobh & Great Island.

We had a family festival with some free goodies planned in the promenade with awards throughout the day, live entertainment from local performers and we planned to finish our day off with a bang by having a firework display in front of the promenade with the help of DSG.

We teamed up with Cobh Zero Waste to create a green zone within our festival to teach kids and family’s in a fun way how to dispose of their waste correctly. County Clean kindly agreed to sponsor supply of the Bins and removal of waste.

Janssen Sciences Ireland, Cobh Museum, St Colemans Cathedral, The Irish Naval Base and Belvelly Castle all agreed to light up their wind turbines and buildings green around the harbour and island.

Cobh Credit Union gave our committee great support by becoming our Main Sponsor to enable us invest into this year’s parade. The support that they have shown us is incredible.

Cobh Municipal District office headed by Paraig Lynch with the support of all our Councillors have given us great support with investment from a Municipal Grant and funds from the monies collected through Parking Meters throughout the town.

Also to mention Sorensen Civil Engineering have been wonderful to deal with while sponsoring this year’s safety barriers.

Our parade was gearing up to be a wonderful display of various groups, society’s, sports clubs, schools, businesses and much much more.

Garry & Anne Wilson who have brought back Belvelly Castle to its glory giving our Island a major boost was the Parade’s Honorary Guest’s for 2020.

We started our efforts by climbing the highest mountain in Ireland and now with deep sadness we have to POSTPONE our celebrations for this years St Patrick’s Day. The health and well-being of our community is paramount and supersedes any event regardless of work and plans gone into making the event super special for Cobh and Great Island.

Thank you all kindly for your support and understanding with the situation we find ourselves in with the extremely Contagious COVID-19z.

We will post updates on our Social Media accounts once we know and decide when it is safe to launch the event.


The Whitegate Residents Association are saddened to have to announce that following numerous discussions over the last 48 hours we have this morning made the decision to cancel the 2020 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Whitegate Village. While we had hoped that everything would be ok for the event to proceed the simple fact is that the COVID -19 Virus is spreading and while all efforts are being made to contain it, it is our view that as the parade organisers we must make sure that all decisions in relation to the parade put safety first. It is clear to us that large gatherings could increase the potential risk for the virus to spread and therefore it is incumbent on us to make this decision.

We would like to thank all the groups, businesses and companies who had registered to attend this year’s parade which was gearing up to be one of the biggest yet. While we understand many people may be disappointed with the decision, we are sure that you will all understand the importance at the current time to put safety first above all else.

The organising team had put a huge amount of work into the planning for the parade and while we are disappointed to have to cancel, we can assure you that work will being on delivering a superb parade in 2021 from here on.
Finally, we would like to thank all of the Doctors, Nurses, Health Care workers and medical experts throughout the country who are doing to much to try to contain this virus and we hope that everyone stays safe over the coming weeks.