SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Darby Road's annual St. Patrick's Day celebration is among the growing list of public events that have been canceled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Owner Joe Mortarulo came to the decision after consulting with Township officials and with the Health Dept. and then issued the following public announcement:

After much consideration we have decided to postpone our St. Patrick’s Day Festival this year. Our main objective is to hold a festival celebrating heritage, and camaraderie in our community. In light of the current atmosphere the safety and the well-being of our family and friends is of the upmost importance to us.

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The decision comes in conjunction with Township officials, health organizations and from a place of true concern for the well-being of our loyal customers, staff and larger community. 

“Better to be safe than sorry,” has never rung more true in this instance, but should not be misinterpreted as panic or hysteria in any way. We are taking all precautions necessary to ensure the safety of our customers and staff as we continue with regular hours of operation. It is with heavy hearts that we cannot provide our annual festival and hope to see you in the near future. 

"It's the right call. The last thing we want to do is put someone at risk," Mortarulo told TAPintoSPF. "The Township left the door open to reschedule once the health concern has passed. We could look at a 'St. Paddy's May' or maybe a 'Half-Way to St. Paddy's Day celebration in September."

Mortarulo said that Darby Road would be open this weekend as usual and that they are taking extra measures to keep everything sanitary. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily local news source. Sign up for our free daily eNewsletter and “Like” us on Facebook and Twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.