The Dublin Fringe Festival has said that following recent Government guidelines on outdoor events, it is cancelling the shows that had been due to take place outdoors as part of the festival.

The festival said that it had been working with artists to develop bespoke outdoor events for September but had to cancel them in order to adhere to the new restrictions limiting outdoor gatherings to 15 people.

It said the rest of the festival programming remains in place and it will adhere to safety protocol and up-to-date government guidelines.

In a statement, the festival said: "We would like to sincerely thank Mark T Cox (She's So Lucky), Croí Glan (TILT), Mish Mash & Reckless Ross (Spud), Joanne McNally & Gearoid Farrelly (Comedians in Bohemians) for their vision, dedication and tenacity.

"Although their exciting new shows won't meet an audience as planned next month, we're hopeful that they will in the near future. And they'll be so worth the wait when they do.

"To all the ticket-buyers, thank you for your enthusiasm, and for believing in our ability to bring artists and audiences back together safely. We hope you will join us for some of the other wonderful events taking place both in person and online from 5-20 September."