Coronavirus: London Irish Centre cancels all St Patrick’s Day events
Top boss 'cannot justify' celebrations because of coronavirus threat
13 March, 2020 — By Tom Foot
Revellers at last year’s celebrations in Trafalgar Square
All St Patrick’s Day events have been called off at the London Irish Centre as a “precaution” and in response “to the fast-changing coronavirus crisis”.
Its chief executive said she “simply cannot justify” holding events at the Camden Square venue and that “health and wellbeing of our vulnerable and elderly clients is our top priority”.
Breakfast, lunches, dances and performances were scheduled for today (Friday) and over the weekend ahead of the big St Patrick’s Night Special on Tuesday night.
Irish Centre CEO Ellen Ryan said: “We are also very conscious of the safety of our audiences, artists, volunteers, and staff. We simply cannot justify bringing together crowds of people, especially the vulnerable, in the midst of this pandemic.
“Many months of planning and preparation went into our programme, so we postpone these events with a heavy heart. Full refunds will be made to all ticket-holders who would like a refund. ”
The decision follows Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s announcement to cancel the annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations in central London.
He said: “London’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations are an annual highlight for so many people. So I am incredibly disappointed that this year’s event has had to be cancelled as key performers and parade participants are no longer able to take part due to the ongoing threat of coronavirus. “