O'Neill's St. Patrick Day Celebration was again altered due to unforeseen circumstances. The 2019 floods put some limitations on the celebration and the Covid-19 took its toll on this year's celebration with the cancellation of most of the activities.
The O'Neill Chamber of Commerce decided to cancel its parade following the guidelines that were being unveiled on Friday at the state level with size restrictions on public gatherings being implemented. Other organizations followed suit soon after with the fun run and the wrestling at the high school being cancelled as well.
Downtown establishments remained open for those who choose to celebrate the day. The Fenians were no slave to the virus as they mixed their own cure and fenian queen Marge Walsh administered a cocktail to the Gil Poese Pond turning it a delightful Irish Green.
The O'Neill Men's Club did crown a king and queen at the Golden Hotel. Kip and Terri Krysl were chosen as this year's Irish royalty. Kip is an officer with the O'Neill Police Department and Terri is a dispatcher.
A makeshift parade was had from fourth to third streets in O'Neill with the king and queen as well as the Irish Band and the green horse.