Malahide Castle set to rock with May gigs

by Gazette Reporter

Malahide Castle is set to host three large open-air concerts over one weekend in May, it has been revealed by a local representative this week.
The castle is currently amidst plans to line up a series of concerts, which will be held over the duration of a weekend in late May in the Bridgefield area of the castle. With musical acts yet to be confirmed, local councillor Eoghan O’Brien (FF) has said that Fingal County Council is currently in negotiations with a range of acts.
“No names have been mentioned but [the council] would be aiming at well-known acts,” he exclusively revealed to the Malahide Gazette.
Plans to host the much-awaited concerts will also prove to be “a major boost to the local economy,” according to Cllr O’Brien.
With the concerts set to have the capacity to hold approximately 3,500 people for each gig due to be held over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Cllr O’Brien says it will not only be smaller and more manageable than previous concerts held on the grounds, but will also give the opportunity for local businesses in Malahide Village to host concession stands on the grounds of the castle.
“I think it’s fantastic that the local businesses will be given first refusal for the concession stands – it’s a great idea. It’s something I’ve argued for before in terms of castle concerts, and because of the scale of the concerts being discussed, they’re going to be able to do that. It’s going to be a huge thing for businesses to get access there.
“I want to commend Malahide Chamber of Commerce for the work they have been doing on this. I think local businesses will get a major boost from this announcement,” he said.
“It also complements the positive economic impact that will also be generated from the Ireland-England cricket game in September. Over 5,000 tickets have already been sold for the 12,000 capacity grounds in Malahide [Cricket Club].”
According to Cllr O’Brien, it is thanks to local efforts that the latest news has come to light.
“There have been huge efforts on the part of Malahide Castle, the Chamber of Commerce, Fingal County Council, local business owners and the public to support the local economy and retain employment. There has been a lot of co-operation and we’re really seeing the benefits of that in these type of announcements.”
Fingal County Council had not confirmed details of the concerts at the time of going to print.

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