Cork City Fire Brigade has already responded to several St John’s Eve fires this evening.
Crews from Anglesea Street and Ballyvolane attended the scenes of various fires in the area.
Cork City Fire Brigade warned that these fires tie up vital resources when they might be needed for emergencies elsewhere and asked the public to “please play your part”.
Ahead of Bonfire Night, Cork City Council, Cork City Fire Brigade and An Garda Síochána urged the public to be responsible.
The city’s frontline workers made an appeal via video to the people of Cork, asking the public to be responsible and not light bonfires.
Instead, they asked that the public stay at home and enjoy entertainment provided by Cork City Council.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer, David Spillett said: “Safety is our number one priority and our advice would always be not to light bonfires and instead participate in any of the Council-led events for that night, as it is a much safer way to celebrate the night.”
He said that over the last 10 years, Bonfire Night has proved a “difficult and challenging” night for crews.
“We continue to work closely with An Garda Siochana, other sections of Cork City Council and volunteer groups, to educate and involve local communities in a bid to keep them as safe as possible, and to keep the number of incidents of deliberate fires as low as possible,” he said.
In light of current Covid 19 restrictions this year’s Bonfire Night celebrations have been re-imagined and people can tune into Cork City Council’s YouTube channel at 7pm for a performance by the Corcadorca Theatre Company.
An additional special surprise performance is scheduled to take place on the YouTube channel at 9.30pm.