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Funderland falls to Covid crisis

Thursday, 23rd April, 2020 12:21pm

It’s a staple of Cork life every Easter but this year Funderland has been cancelled.

Running in Cork at Easter since 1995, it was due to take place on Tramore Road from 10-28 April.

While disappointing for the public, it also seems means that hours and hours of preparation time by show people has been for nothing.

According to the the Irish Showmans Guild, which has over 90 members representing Irish funfairs and circuses, many show families rely on annual events such as Funderland to support their families and pay their bills.

Despite this, the guild is urging the public to stay at home.

Even with a complete shutdown of all funfairs and circuses, guild members have pledged thousands of euro for the production of scrubs for frontline workers who would otherwise have to pay for their own. The guild says members will continue to offer our support and assistance to the brave frontline staff and all the workers that continue to provide essential services.

The culture and tradition of shows and circuses have survived wars, famines and recessions but Covid-19 has proved the biggest crisis for show people, who fear the total extinction of their way of life.

The crew of Tom Duffy’s Circus are isolating back at their winter quarters. All their performers are continuing to train and practise each day, while maintaining social distancing, for when the time comes that they entertain again.

A spokesperson said: “We offer our sincerest sympathies to each and every family who have lost a loved one, family member or friend to this terrible virus. This is a critical time for our country and the people who call it home. As a circus, community and family, we will be back along with all the other circuses and funfairs in the country, just as soon as it’s deemed safe for us to entertain you again.”

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