Among the casualties of the foot and mouth crisis are this years St Partick's Day Parades.

The decision means disappointment for thousands of participants and spectators alike. In Dublin - which hosts the biggest of the parades - an entire week-end of festivities has been called off. But the organisers say the 1.3 million pounds Festival could still go ahead once the crisis has passed.

The report includes interviews with Shane O'Doherty of Down to Earth Theatre Company who were making costumes for use in the parade.

Maria Moynihan the CEO of the Saint Patrick's Day Festival on the disappointment for all those involved but the determination to hold the festival at a later date.

Paul Gallagher the manager of Buswells Hotel in Dublin talks about the impact of the cancellation on business.