A growing number of Irish music festivals planned for this summer - including Longitude and All Together Now - have been cancelled as a result of coronavirus restrictions.
Organisers of the National Ploughing Championships, meanwhile, say they're 'closely monitoring' the situation and 'will act in the best interest of the country' when making any decision about this year's event.
Yesterday, the Government confirmed that no mass gatherings of 5,000 people or more will be considered until at least the end of August.
It has now been confirmed by promoters that a number of this year's large music festivals won't go ahead over the coming months.
All Together Now - which had been scheduled to take place over the August bank holiday weekend - now won't proceed as planned, organisers confirmed last night.
Tickets for this year's festival will remain valid for next year, the statement adds, while Ticketmaster will contact customers regarding refunds.
— All Together Now (@ATNfestival) April 21, 2020
This year's Longitude festival in Dublin has been called off, with Life Festival also not able to go ahead in May.
Body & Soul in Westmeath, INDIE in Cork and Sea Sessions in Donegal have also been cancelled.
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— Longitude Festival (@longitudefest) April 22, 2020
Meanwhile, organisers of the National Ploughing Championships say they'll act in the "best interests of the country" when making any decision on whether this year's event has to be postponed or cancelled.
The three-day event - which typically draws tens of thousands of visitors and exhibitors per day - is due to take place in September.
Organisers say they're "closely monitoring" the situation and will continue making plans for the event while adhering to government guidelines.
The Trade Exhibition online booking system is now open but a full refund's being offered on all bookings in case the championships have to be postponed.