Organisers have called off the Rathcoole Christmas fair in Dublin due to concerns about restrictions and public safety.
The countdown is on, with the long cold nights and bright shining lights on the way this Christmas. However, it’s not all about the stockings and gatherings, as once again, Covid-19 proves to be the guest to dampen the country’s Christmas cheer.
Christmas lovers will be crushed with the unfortunate news of the Rathcoole Christmas fair in Dublin being cancelled.
Christmas fair in Dublin cancelled – advised it’s ‘just not safe’
The Christmas fair in Dublin has had to be cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns. According to Dublin Live, organisers have advised that it’s ‘just not safe’ amidst the dregs of the pandemic which still threaten the country’s safety.
The decision has not been easy to make, given the importance of the Christmas fair for the local area in Ireland.
The Rathcoole fair – a symbol of community spirit
The Christmas fair brings local artists and craft makers together each year to showcase their products and advertise their small businesses.
The fair being cancelled for the second year now has devastated locals, as Rathcoole Christmas Fair has been taking place for 18 years in Dublin town. The Rathecoole Christmas Lights Committee established the Christmas fair.
It aimed to raise funds to light up the village. Since then, it has become a staple part of the Christmas tradition in the area. It is said to bring about a “cheerful, positive community spirit” according to organisers.
What’s in store for Rathcoole? – an alternative plan this Christmas
Taking to Facebook, the organisers revealed the decision for the Christmas fair in Dublin to be cancelled due to health and safety concerns. They said, “It’s with regret that there will be no Christmas Fair again this year; we feel it’s just not safe to go ahead with it.”
They also spoke of plans to provide alternative entertainment for the public in the area. “Last year the Santa drive through the Rathcoole estates was a great success, we will be doing the same again this year, will keep you posted.”
What to expect this Christmas – current Covid-19 guidelines
Under current government guidelines in Ireland, organised indoor events and mass gatherings can take place with 60% of venue capacity. This is subject to individuals being full vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 in the past six months.
Normally, the fair features an array of glittering stalls and attractions for the old and young alike. Firm favourites amongst visitors were the visit to see Mrs Claus, as well as the letter writing to Santa and his elves.
However, organisers have advised that it is simply too risky for the fair to go ahead. Given the current state of the pandemic in the country, officials are cautious as we approach the Christmas period.
Here’s to Christmas 2022 for the return of all our festive favourites.