The Irish Shows’ Association (ISA) will not run its all-Ireland championship series this year due to Covid-19.
The announcement comes following the issuing of further advice to its members after a meeting of its national executive board by video conference on Tuesday (April 14th).
“It was the considered opinion of the board that the current, necessary restrictions around social distancing and mass gatherings will continue for some time.”
“We are also cognisant of the fact that many of our show volunteers are in vulnerable groups and that our sponsors have been hit hard by the current situation.”
“For this reason, we are recommending to all our member shows not to run their shows or any public events until such time as the safety of their members and the general public can be ensured and restrictions on social distancing are lifted.”
Unprecedented and difficult times
The association said it is very aware that these are unprecedented and difficult times for members and sponsors. “None of us could have anticipated the situation with COVID-19 and the repercussions this would have for society as a whole.”
It outlined that it takes public safety “very seriously” and will be bound by the recommendations and advice of the public health authorities and the relevant government departments.
“We realise that the loss of the shows for the summer will be tough for many, but it is the prudent step to take at this time.”
“We made the sacrifice in 2001 for foot and mouth and we came back. We will come back from this as well.”
“The most important thing is that we all come back from this and that means staying apart and following all government guidelines.”
The ISA thanked its loyal sponsors, both on local and national level, have had their businesses impacted severely by this crisis. “We would urge our members to do what you can to support those local businesses that have been such a huge support to your shows over the years in whatever way possible.”
It acknowledged the efforts of all those on the frontline during this crisis. “We also wish to acknowledge the people working in the grocery and agri-food sector who are working tirelessly to keep supply chains open.”
“We would like to include the farmers and the vets in this group, as they are often forgotten in all of this.”
“We wish all of our members and supporters good health and urge everyone to stay safe and follow all public safety guidelines. Ní neart go cur le chéile.” the statement concluded.
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