Heavy rain dampens Bonna Night fires across Cork

Heavy rain dampens Bonna Night fires across Cork

Despite heavy rain that fell throughout the day on Sunday some still managed to light illegal bonfires throughout the city. Picture: Damian Coleman

FIREFIGHTERS across Cork city and county responded to 20 callouts to the traditional Bonfire Night.

Heavy downpours pummelled the region and reduced activity levels for the city’s ‘Bonna Night’.

A number of family-friendly bonfire events planned for Sunday were cancelled due to the heavy rain.

Seven outdoor events were planned in City Council parks, including Kilmore, Glenamoy, Meelick and Clashduv, with a range of activities such as games, sports, inflatables, face painting, and local music.

However, City Hall said they had to cancel the events due to health and safety concerns. It was the first time in 12 years that the organised event had to be cancelled.

Bonna Night takes place on St John’s Eve on June 23 every year and in the past unregulated bonfires in Cork have caused damage to several areas in the region.

Despite the cancellation, some bonfires were still ablaze on Sunday night. Fire services revealed that they responded to 18 callouts in the city on Sunday night along with two in the county.

Last year, the Cork City Fire Brigade responded to more than 50 callouts to bonfires on ‘Bonna Night’ in the city alone. The illegal fires left some areas scorched and covered in burned plastic, old appliances, and household waste.

Fire crews across Cork had extra staff on hand on Sunday night this year in case bonfires escalated but they were not as busy as expected as the rain appeared to dampen Bonna Night spirits and fires.

The rain also impacted the first Ironman triathlon to be held on Irish soil, resulting in the cancellation of the swim portion in Youghal.

Meanwhile, the Cork Carnival of Science on Sunday at Fitzgerald Park was forced to end early and those attending the Eucharistic Procession on Sunday evening were forced to deal with very wet conditions. 

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