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60th Shannon Boat Rally Postponed Over Covid-19 Concerns

7th May 2020
The 56th Shannon Boat Rally visiting Athlone in 2016 The 56th Shannon Boat Rally visiting Athlone in 2016

This year’s Shannon Boat Rally is the latest inland waterways event to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Hon Secretary Fiona Hoey made the announcement yesterday (Wednesday 6 May) in step with the guidelines of the National Public Health Emergency Team and HSE.

This would have been the 60th edition of one of the most prestigious and well-attended boating events on the inland waterways calendar.

“Whilst we greatly regret having to postpone the event, our primary concern is for the wellbeing of our boating community,” said Hey.

“The difficult decision reached will provide certainty to everyone involved and we look forward to having a great rally in 2021.”

The move comes days after the 49th Shannon Harbour Canal Boat Rally was also postponed, though there are hopes that event can be replaced with a gathering later in the year.

Published in Inland Waterways
MacDara Conroy

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MacDara Conroy is a contributor covering all things on the water, from boating and wildlife to science and business

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