Third major concert set for Croke Park this summer but its not

first_img By Fintan O’Toole A THIRD MAJOR concert is likely to be held in Croke Park this summer but it’s not going to be a second U2 date added to the schedule for GAA headquarters. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOCroke Park Stadium & Commercial Director Peter McKenna yesterday revealed that they are ‘very close’ to signing an act for another major summer gig at the venue, that will probably take place in June.It was confirmed last October that Coldplay will play at Croke Park on 8 July, while in January it was announced that U2 will play on 22 July.Despite speculation that a second U2 date would be added due to free days either side of that date on the European leg of their tour, McKenna explained why that won’t be the case.“We can’t get the equipment from Barcelona, which is their previous concert, to Dublin, in time to have a Friday concert. That’s the issue.“Then because their next move is (to Paris), yeah, it’s logistical hops.“We have three nights (for concerts in 2017) and we’re very confident of filling the third night although we haven’t signed anything yet.“It’s probably going to be June. We’re very close, but we haven’t got contracts signed. Anyone that plays here has to be a massive band so I’m just not at liberty to say.”After the controversy surrounding the cancellation of the Garth Brooks concerts in 2014, last year represented a success story for the stadium with Bruce Springsteen playing two sell-out shows and Beyonce also playing last July.“What it does do is it puts Croke Park on a world map,” said McKenna.“You’ve got loads of artists kind of saying, ‘Oh, if we’re going to play in Europe, we need to play in Dublin, we need to play in Croke Park’.“It’s a fantastic boost for us and it’s a great boost for the city.”The concert revenue contributed to Croke Park raking in €4.8 million in 2016 from stadium hire, an increase of €0.7 million from 2015.However McKenna raised future concerns for the stadium, principally the fallout from Brexit and the lack of hotel rooms in Dublin.He revealed that the estimated cost of Brexit to Croke Park is already ‘in the hundreds of thousands’. Croke Park Stadium & Commercial Director Peter McKenna Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO“Anything that gives market uncertainty makes people less anxious to have marketing conferences and so on. Not Brexit in and of itself, more the uncertainty.“It (the cost of Brexit) would be in the hundreds of thousands, not in the millions. Say €300,000, something like that. Conferences that we would have anticipated coming across didn’t.“We have a sales team based in the UK and in the last couple of years we had been getting reasonably good business out of there, but in the last 18 months, that has dried up.“I think a lot of companies are pulling in their horns and are less inclined to invest in taking their message and their teams to Ireland.“Some of that would be as a consequence of the Brexit decision which came as a shock to many but also the availability of hotel rooms, which has affected Dublin’s competitiveness. That’s a massive issue, we shouldn’t be downplaying that.“Airbnb –  I think they have 4,000 or 5,000 rooms – is making a difference. People are becoming more comfortable using it. But it’s hard to use an Airbnb scenario when you’re bringing 250 delegates across and a coach picks everyone up in one location.”U2 announce Croke Park gig for this summerCalls to fast-track anti-ticket touting law as U2 tickets sell for more than €1,000 Thursday 2 Feb 2017, 6:03 AM Share122 Tweet Email 22 Comments 35,582 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Third major concert set for Croke Park this summer (but it’s not an extra U2 date) The gig will most likely be in June. Feb 2nd 2017, 6:03 AM last_img read more

Temperatures of up to 21 degrees and sunny skies in store for

first_imgTemperatures of up to 21 degrees and sunny skies in store for most of the week It will be pleasant all week – but the weekend is looking a little rainy. Monday 13 May 2019, 7:38 AM May 13th 2019, 7:38 AM Image: Shutterstock/liseykina By Conor McCrave Short URL 8 Comments 20,644 Views Image: Shutterstock/liseykina WARM WEATHER AND sunny skies are forecast for Ireland this week but showers are set to make a return next weekend.Most of the country experienced clear blue skies with temperatures climbing into the mid-teens at the weekend.Conditions are set to heat up further this week and it looks like the rain will hold off.According to Met Éireann, temperatures will climb to between 15 and 20 degrees today “with moderate to fresh southerly breezes” and those conditions are forecast to last until Friday. “It will be coolest on south and east coasts and warmest in Connacht,” Met Éireann said. Although cooler conditions of 5 to 8 degrees will settle in at night, average daytime temperatures will reach between 16 and 21 degrees tomorrow.This will continue for most of the week and more “dry and good sunny spells” are expected on Wednesday and Thursday.Early indications suggest a break in the sunshine will come on Friday, and it will be between 12 and 17 degrees over the weekend. Showers are forecast to arrive in the east and the south, and will spread westwards on Friday afternoon.“Saturday and Sunday will bring a mix of sunny spells and scattered showers, these will be heaviest on Sunday with longer spells of rain possible,” the forecaster said. Share39 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more