The 2020 Rose of Tralee International Festival has been 'postponed' until August 2021.
This is the first time in the history of the festival that it has had to be cancelled.
However organisers say it is a necessary decision in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement, the festival says: "The impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt worldwide and our thoughts are with all of those who have been affected by the very sad losses this pandemic is causing.
"These are unprecedented times for all and the health and safety our communities remains the utmost concern."
Organisers add: "Over the past few weeks, our team have been considering how best we could safely deliver some, or all, of our 2020 festival events.
"Taking into account Government guidelines, the safety of our communities and the ability to deliver a wonderful festival; we have decided to postpone our 2020 festival until August 2021.
"This is the first time in our 61 year history that the festival has been postponed, but it is the right decision as we all play our part right now in keeping each other safe and well."
The 2020 Rose of Tralee International Festival has been postponed until August 2021🌹❤️ pic.twitter.com/anbpJeiSgy
— Rose of Tralee (@RoseofTralee_) April 27, 2020
The Rose of Tralee International Festival operates on a year-long basis in Irish communities worldwide.
The festival says it will "continue to harness the goodwill of our extended Rose Family in supporting communities and charitable efforts over the next 12 months."
"Similarly, we will each have a role to play in restoring our communities and economies following the pandemic.
"We look forward to coming together in celebration, showcasing our wonderful communities; and welcoming you all to Tralee in August 2021."
They have also thanked frontline and support staff - as well as roses, escorts and the 2019 Rose of Tralee Dr Sinéad Flanagan.