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. “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. ”
“It’s so disappointing and with great regret that after all the hard work in the background that was put into securing this huge event for Blackrock & showcasing the village on an international stage it has to be postponed, which without any doubt is the right thing to do. We don’t want a RAS Lite so when the time is right we will be ready to host this great event and that is a guarantee. We will be asking is for residents and businesses to come out in force and celebrate the RAS arrival, in the meantime, let’s keep safe and fight this virus as the strong and cohesive community we are .” – Aine Corcoran – Chairperson of Blackrock Tourism and Development Group.