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Tickets snapped up in pods of six

Legendary balladeer Christy Moore will headline the pilot gig at the Gleneagle INEC.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

THE 200 tickets for the upcoming Gleneagle INEC pilot gig, featuring Christy Moore, Susan O’Neill, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and Jack L, sold out in under four minutes this morning.

The hotly anticipated concert on Saturday, June 26 is one of a series of indoor and outdoor pilot events taking place around the country throughout June and July.

Approved by the by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media have been sanctioned in order to test the logistics of how people can attend live events safely. The venue will be operating at a reduced capacity of 200 people.

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, said it has been a long and difficult 15 months for so many musicians, artists, venue operators, crew and audiences.

Popular singer and musician, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, performing with her daughter, Sadbh, and guitarist, Matt Griffin, at Oireachtas na Samhna at the Gleneage Hotel.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

“I am delighted to announce the INEC gig which is one in a series of pilot events my department is providing to help us move towards a wider reopening of the live events sector.

“The line-up for the evening is fantastic and it will help the Government to plan for the safe management of events whilst Covid is still circulating in our communities and build confidence in the guidance and event management protocols developed to keep everyone safe,” the minister added.

“I am so excited that we are reopening our stages, concerts, sports and our country and I have no doubt everyone who is lucky enough to attend will have a fantastic evening.”

THE Gleneagle INEC Arena

Tickets for the gig at The Gleneagle INEC were sold in pods of six with each pod allocated a specific arrival time and a pre-allocated table. Face masks will be required when arriving at and vacating the venue. Doors will open at 6.30pm to allow for staggered arrival times and the concert will begin at 8pm.

Those in attendance will be required to take part in a survey and the data gathered will be supplied to the department for research purposes. In order to facilitate contract tracing contact details for all attendees will be collected and they will be required to have their smartphones switched on and the HSE Covid app installed.

Customers are asked not to attend the concert if they have any symptoms of Covid-19 (and, should that scenario arise, tickets will be fully refundable.