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Pilot music and sport events to be allowed host spectators in June

Spectators will be allowed to attend some matches next month, while an outdoor music festival is set for the Phoenix Park.

A general view of the RDS Arena in Dublin.
A general view of the RDS Arena in Dublin.
Image: PA

Updated May 28th 2021, 5:14 PM

SPECTATORS ARE TO be allowed to attend several music and sporting events in June, it is understood, as part of the Irish Government’s pilot scheme to trial large events.

Outdoor live events are also to be piloted in Phoenix Park and Iveagh Gardens in Dublin, and in Limerick and Kilkenny.

It’s as of yet unknown what Covid-19 restrictions will be in place to allow people to attend.

It comes ahead of a Government announcement this evening on what Covid-19 restrictions will be in place during June and July – with the return of indoor dining and international travel expected.

On 10 June, an outdoor music event with an audience of 500 is to be piloted in Iveagh Gardens, followed by an event in the UL Concert Hall Opera on 23 June with 519 attendees.

On 26 June, two fully-seated events are set to take place – an outdoor music festival with 3,600 people in Phoenix Park and another event in INEC Killarney with 200.

According to sources, the following events are to allow the return of spectators on Friday 11 June:

  • Leinster v Dragons, RDS
  • Shamrock Rovers v Finn Harps, Tallaght Stadium
  • Cork City v Cabinteely, Turners Cross.

On Sunday 20 June, spectators will be allowed to attend the camogie league final at Croke Park.

On Saturday 26 June, spectators will be allowed at:

  • Shamrock Rovers v Drogheda
  • Morton Stadium National Athletics Championships.

On 25, 26 or 27 June, the Irish Derby meeting will allow for spectators at The Curragh.

Consideration is also being given over 5,000 people being allowed to attend bigger events in Croke Park in July and August, such as the Leinster senior hurling final on 17 July, and the football final on 1 August, as well as the All-Ireland series.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland earlier today, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said that being vaccinated won’t be required to go to sports events or music gigs when they resume, but hand hygiene, social distancing, and limiting numbers will be required.

He said that the piloting of live events would most likely include events for those who are fully vaccinated, and antigen testing before entering the event – this would be separate to the reopening during the summer months.

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With reporting from Christina Finn and Lauren Boland.

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