PRESS RELEASE 3rd APRIL 2020
Rás Tailteann 2020 – Covid-19 update
Following the recent developments and recommendations from Cycling Ireland, the UCI, the HSE, Sport Ireland and the Government of Ireland.
Cáirde Rás Tailteann has decided to postpone the 2020 Rás Tailteann which was due to return to the roads of Ireland in June 2020 after a hiatus in 2019. This is directly as a result of accelerating developments relating to the Covid-19 virus pandemic.
“Considering the nature of the public health emergency Ireland and the world is currently dealing with and the progressive evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cáirde Rás Tailteann has decided that it is in the best interests of everyone associated with the event and the wider public to temporarily postpone the 2020 event from its planned start date on June 10th next” said Eugene Moriarty, the 2020 Race Director.
He added “The decision to postpone has not been taken lightly, but when we consider the on-going restrictions that are in place, the current workload of An Garda Síochána, County Councils and the Health Service, all of whom play integral roles in an event of this stature, we feel it is only appropriate that planning for the 2020 Rás does not add to the immediate burden faced by our critical frontline public servants”
Cáirde Rás Tailteann will continue to monitor the situation and provide any updates that may be relevant as more information becomes available. The group has made many preparations for the 2020 event and currently is now actively working toward staging Rás Tailteann in the latter half of the 2020 racing season, after July.
They will continue to work with Cycling Ireland to promote the event on any suitable date that may become available before the end of the 2020 season. They will reassess the situation in the first week of June and release a formal update thereafter.
According to Ger Campbell the 2020 Route Designer “we do not foresee any changes to the route that has been published, so it will be a matter of managing any changes that may be necessary in relation to a change of dates. This is of course contingent on any opportunity that may become available to put the Rás safely back on the roads of Ireland later in 2020, if the prevailing circumstances would allow and most importantly that it is safe to do so”
Cáirde Rás Tailteann understand that the decision to postpone is disappointing to all the teams, riders, officials, supporters and the wider sporting public who expressed such overwhelming support for the return of the event to the roads of Ireland in 2020.
However, they are confident that should pandemic abate there is no reason currently that could prevent 2020 Rás from going ahead in the latter half of the season.
PRESS RELEASE 12 JUNE 2020
Rás Tailteann 2020
Having assessed the most recent guidance issued by the WHO, the HSE, Sport Ireland and the Government of Ireland and considering the measures in place in relation to the Covid-19 epidemic.
Cáirde Rás Tailteann has decided to extend the postponement of the 2020 Rás Tailteann which was originally due to return to the roads of Ireland this week.
With a clearer and increasingly positive outlook emerging week by week in the battle against Covid-19 and with the government plan for easing restrictions according to the published road map accelerating. The indications suggest that a window of opportunity could open to potentially put the race on the road before the end of the 2020 road cycling season.
‘’It was agreed this week that the most prudent course of action at this time would be to extend our decision of April last and aim to set a very tentative start date toward the latter end of September next, using the same published route. All of this is of course still very heavily contingent upon any restrictions that may still be in place, the availability and support of the Gardai, county councils, the health services, accommodation and the many volunteers upon whom the Rás relies so heavily and which we cannot realistically know for some time yet’’ said Race Director Eugene Moriarty
He added “we were bitterly disappointed that circumstances conspired to prevent the Rás returning to the roads of Ireland this week, but the wellbeing and safety of all our volunteers and athletes as well as the general public continue to remain at the top of our agenda”
According to Seamus Domegan, the Stage End Coordinator “We received phenomenal support from all of our stage end committees throughout this difficult period for which we are very grateful. Every one of them have provided a commitment from the outset to help ensure that the 2020 edition would go ahead from their end if at all possible”. Additionally, he emphasised “that the flexibility and understanding shown by our stage end accommodation providers has been crucial to us still being able to look forward to a potential 2020 Rás at this point”
Pat O’Shaughnessy and Colm Rigley were also keen to point out that “Cáirde Rás Tailteann worked very closely throughout this period with Cycling Ireland to promote the event before the end of the 2020 season and thanked the national organisation for their continued commitment and assistance”.
The committee indicated that they would review the situation again after the 29th of June, subsequent to the implementation of the next phase of the government roadmap.
Cáirde Rás Tailteann would like to thank everyone for their continued messages of support.
Cáirde Rás Tailteann
Seamus Domegan, Pat O’Shaughnessy, Gerry Campbell, Colm Rigley, Eugene Moriarty, Ciarán McKenna
Media Contact Details
Eugene Moriarty – Race Director 086 8114248
Gerry Campbell – Route Designer – 086 8192205
Email – email@example.com
Web – www.rasireland.ie