Organisers of the Munster Maths and Science Festival, which takes place in Mallow and has previously attracted 5,000 people, have said they intend to host this year's event on October 11.
The festival, which was inaugurated in 2010 by Mallow Development Partnership, will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year - but will do so in very unusual circumstances.
The organisers have said the dramatic changes brought about by Covid-19, particularly regarding social distancing and mass gatherings, could provide a major challenge in the months ahead. However, already deep into planning, news from the organising committee shows an incredibly positive response is being received with over 30 exhibitors committed to participating at this year’s festival.
The event also received a very welcome boost with a recent decision from Cork County Council’s Economic Development Fund to continue its role as main sponsor and another key supporter. Meanwhile, the Irish American Partnership has also confirmed its annual support for 2020.
The summer months will be used by the committee to continue with planning and to closely monitor the progress of the roadmap to re-opening Ireland. A spokesman for the organisers said by the time the schools are expected to reopen, the necessary groundwork will be in place and enough Covid-19 experience gained to put the committee in the best possible position to make a fully informed decision regarding the fair. “It is hoped the interim period, which has started so successfully, will see further easing of restrictions and any potentially new circumstances can be incorporated to meet up-to-date medical advice and statutory requirements,” a spokesman said.
Growing year on year in stature, the annual Munster Maths and Science Family Fair sees leaders in business and industry as well as research and third level institutes, combined with primary and secondary schools, all gathering to showcase the fun side to STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) through a wide array of engaging and interactive experiments, demonstrations and displays for all ages to enjoy.
Previous years have seen up to 5,000 attendees pass through the spacious Mallow GAA Complex during the event day. “Even though current conditions are extreme, all involved believe it is important to continue with preparations in order to give everyone something positive to work towards, for what could be a model post Covid-19 event launching our new ‘normal’ living conditions,” the spokesman added.