A FESTIVAL that would have seen thousands of people descend on Cork city in mid-May has now been cancelled due to health concerns according to City Hall.
The festival will not be rescheduled for later in the year.
The SeaFest Maritime Festival is a three-day annual celebration of Ireland’s Ocean Wealth and was expected to attract as many as 100,000 visitors to the city in mid-May.
However, European Maritime Day, which was being staged as part of the festival, will be rescheduled at some stage this year.
A statement from Cork City Council stated "In light of the rapidly evolving situation and public health measures due to the coronavirus, a decision has been taken to cancel SeaFest, Ireland's National Marine Festival, which was due to take place in May 15-17 2020 in Cork.
"In taking this decision our priority was to ensure the health and wellbeing of both exhibitors and visitors at the event.
"We look forward at this time to working with you and welcoming everyone to SeaFest again in 2021.
"European Maritime Day, which was scheduled to take place in Cork to coincide with SeaFest, is being deferred and new dates are being considered."