The 2021 Ballinasloe Horse Fair and Festival has been called off once again to due to health concerns regarding COVID-19 and public gatherings.
The world renowned annual horse trading fair has been around for centuries, and draws thousands of visitors to Galway in October each year.
The fair coordinating group issued a statement this week saying that the festival, which was due to take place in October, has been cancelled on health and safety grounds.
It said that after consultation with the HSE “the Coordination Committee were advised that it is unlikely that assurances could be given that we could have a return to normality with the removal of all COVID restrictions for public and outdoor gatherings by October 2021.”
“The Coordinating Committee would like to thank the local community, sponsors, and all associations involved for their ongoing commitment and support.”
“We look forward to welcoming all participants and visitors to Ballinasloe Fair and Festival in 2022.”
This is the second year in a row that the fair has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.