Saturday, August 24, 2013

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Irish Greyhound Derby Day 2013, Shelbourne Park Dublin

Dublin is going to the Dogs

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It is official; Dublin is going to the Dogs, on Saturday the 14th of September 2013 Dublin will officially go to the dogs, for what is Irish Greyhound Derby Day at Europe’s Premiere Greyhound racing and Hospitality Stadium, Shelbourne Park in Dublin. The picture below was taken 21st August 2013, and shows how Shelbourne Park Stadium sits neatly behind Aviva Stadium from the Ringsend view, please, click on the picture to get a high definition view.

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Shelbourne Park tickets call 1890 269 969 or call into Shelbourne Park reception.

Irish Greyhound Derby Day Timeline 2013

Doors open at 3.30pm with music from 4pm with the Mike Denver Band. First race 7pm. Irish Greyhound Derby Day is Live on RTE.
Best dressed ladies competition judged by top Irish model Rozanna Purcell with a superb prize value €2,000.
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Shelbourne Park Events

Shelbourne Park Dublin is home to Greyhound racing and a true Cead Mile Failte, Irish Greyhound Derby Day 2013 is the pulsating heartbeat of the Irish racing calendar, if you are asking, Whats on in Dublin, well join a professional TEAM for a sporting occasion you will never forget, this is a hen party and stag party venue with a difference, this is corporate hospitality at its very best, this is Ireland's premiere Family Gathering Stadium where you can enjoy quality time with family and friends to celebrate a communion, an anniversary, a wedding, a birthday party, whatever the occasion, give Shelbourne Park a chance to make it Special.
Shelbourne Park Greyhound Derby 2013
Shelbourne Park is rated as one of the top Greyhound and hospitality venues in Europe. Shelbourne Park is not just the pulsating heartbeat of Irish sport; Shelbourne Park offers true Irish hospitality in every aspect of its service delivery. The atmosphere and ambiance are second to none and a memorable evening is guaranteed (see, reviews below).

Shelbourne Park Guest Reviews

“The IT company that I work for, designated me to provide an evening of entertainment for a group of potential investors coming in from the USA. I took a gamble, as a friend had recommended Shelbourne Park. The gamble paid off and I was a real winner with the company, following a fantastic meal at Shelbourne Park, the racecard got under starters orders and my Asian/American guests had a fun filled night, as the races were so close together, it meant that we were focused on the next race and had great fun with the pick4 selections and Tri-casts and Fore-casts, it really was fun and more importantly, I did not have to make small talk all evening. We got the contract, I got the promotion, and I am now an enthusiast for a night at the races no matter what the occasion”. John Mac, Dublin.
“When someone suggested that I take our active retirement group to a night at Shelbourne Park, my first reaction was, are you joking? On the night, the staff were friendly and professional, the food was as good as any restaurant in Dublin in which I have eaten, and the thrill and excitement of watching the greyhound racing from a cosy warm restaurant atmosphere, taught an old dog new tricks, you are never too old to learn something new”. Ann, Active Retirement Group, Meath.
“My twins were making their communion, and my sister said that we should have the kids party at Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium. My sister is a good judge of people and places, and I knew that she would not suggest any venue for this special occasion, unless it would come up trumps. We booked one of the suites upstairs, it was decorated beautifully and the food and ambiance was second to none, the pictures were unique and my children and their friends have never stopped talking about the fun day they had”. Emma, Castleknock, Dublin.
“We had booked our Hen Party at Shelbourne Park, we were on a tight budget as my sister’s wedding was only three weeks away. The package offered by Shelbourne Park was fantastic and real value for money, we had a great night, and we simply walked out the front gate to the taxi rank and our pre-arranged mini-bus took us directly and safely to our hotel”. Paula, Kildare.
“My mates and I work shifts 7 days per-week, The Stag Party package offered meant that we could enjoy a night-out mid-week that did not interfere with our work schedule, we enjoyed the fact that one of the races was named after our stag party group, loads of cheers for that when it was called, we enjoyed finger food, a couple of pints and some great betting fun. We were all able to report for work next day, and unlike some of the Temple Bar Stags I had been at, I could actually remember this one and we had great pictures to show the great night we enjoyed at the races, which was hassle free”. Kevin, Louth.
“Twenty of us arrived in Dublin to play golf at a very good golf club, when we had played our 18 hole game, we really wanted to do something other than sit around the clubhouse talking card scores and getting in the rough. The waitress said that she had just enjoy a night at Shelbourne Park with her friends and that she would highly recommend it. We asked the young woman if she could help us book in to Shelbourne Park that night, within a couple of minutes she had a mini-bus waiting outside for us and within 30 minutes we were sitting down being served our drinks in Shelbourne Park. The meal was very good, and unlike many of the ‘rushed’ tourist eateries one can find in Dublin, the Shelbourne Park eating experience is about relaxing for the evening and having fun, not about filling seats and providing happy meals at the click of your finger, if you want fast food, go to McDonalds, if you want a quality eating and hospitality experience go to Shelbourne Park”. Bob, New York.

Recommended Accommodation for Shelbourne Park Stadium and Harolds Cross:


Hen Party Shelbourne Park


Whether it’s a quick flutter in the stands or a four course meal with friends Shelbourne Park has it all.  With Bars and restaurants to suit all pockets you can’t go wrong with a Night at the Dogs in Shelbourne Park.

BARS Shelbourne Park

In Café Barconi you can enjoy a great range of sandwiches, snacks, teas and coffees while staying close to all the action on the ground floor.  Alternatively you can try Bistro number 6 and be tempted by a great range of food choices to satisfy all tastes.  At Shelbourne Park you’re spoilt for choice with four fully serviced bars.

RESTAURANT Shelbourne Park

Dobbins’ at the Park is the place to be in Dublin on a Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday night.  Reservations are essential so book early!
With ample comfortable seating and excellent viewing of the excitement on the track, Dobbins’ at the park is where it’s all at. Mouth-watering food, exceptional service, fun company and relaxing ambiance with definite value for money, contact reservations on 1890 269 969 or email or book online here.

PRIVATE SUITES Shelbourne Park

For something a little more intimate why not consider a private suite with Dobbins’ excellent food and service, a comprehensive range of wines and a table Tote service. How could you beat that for comfort?

PLANNING A PARTY Shelbourne Park

We cater for all parties:
From hen and stag parties to birthday parties, communions, confirmations or any other family event, you can’t go wrong with a Night at the Dogs.

Shelbourne Park Family Fun

Admission for 2 Adults and 2 Children
This package includes 2 Race Cards and 2 Children's Meals from the Fast Food Outlet of participating Greyhound Stadia for July and August 2013.
To avail, request the €20 Summer Family Special at the turnstiles of your participating stadium on arrival. It's as simple as that!
Participating Stadia:
Shelbourne Park and Harold's Cross, Dublin
Curraheen Park, Cork
Kingdom Greyhound Stadium, Tralee
Kilcohan Park, Waterford
Children's Fast Food meals vary according to stadium.

Rediscover your sense of fun with a Night at the Dogs for the whole family to enjoy this summer.

Well, look no further than a Night at the Dogs.  Celebrate a birthday, anniversary or any family occasion with a fun and entertaining night at the Dogs.  Mums and Dads can sit back and relax and enjoy a restaurant meal with drinks and betting service to the table while the thrill of the race keeps the whole family entertained!


For something a little less formal we have a great range of fast food or light snack options available in each of our stadia. Pre-book special fast food and finger food packages in advance from our Sales Centre (1890 269 969), which offer discounted admission and Tote and Drinks voucher options. Or you can just turn up on the night and let the kids take their pick from the menu options on offer in our fast food outlets, bars and cafes.
When you are booking, ask about the many ways you can make the night a little bit extra special. Get a shout-out form the race commentator or have a race named after your family to mark a special occasion or family holiday!


Planning a group Night out at the Dogs for a corporate event or your friends’ birthday party is easy and makes for a night to remember! Plan your night well in advance to ensure availability on your chosen night. Have a definite list of numbers that will be attending on the night.
Choose from a wide array of extra services that will make your night one to remember, let us know and we will get our continuity announcer to mention a special occasion or why not sponsor a guest of honour! Having a race named after them in the card is a great souvenir of your special night!

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Contact our reservations team at 1890 269 969 or email and let them help you choose a package most suitable to your group.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Stag Party Ireland, Stag Party activities, Stag Party packages, stag party Dublin, stag party galway

Stag Party Ireland

Stag Party in Ireland is as traditional as wearing shamrock on St Patrick’s Day each year, and that is why it is important to plan your Stag Party well in advance of your fun night out. Stag and Hen Weekends is Ireland’s leading provider of Stag Party packages and operates on a 32 County basis, your Stag Party will receive the personal attention of our party organisers, we won’t simply take your money and run, we will work with you from the moment you contact us, until we have created the perfect package for your party.

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Stag Weekends

Ireland’s premiere Stag Party provider, Stag and Hen Weekends offer fun packed value for money packages in your county, simply contact us by e-mail or phone, tell us what you want, we will check for hotel / activity availability and get back to you with a price for your fun filled party or weekend. We will work with you so that when the party is over, it will be talked about for many years to come. We have been working with accommodation providers, activity providers and many other professionals for many years and we have delivered all our grooms safely to the altar on time.

Recommended Accommodation in Dublin City for your Stag Party:


Stag Party Packages

Stag and Hen Weekends offer Stag Party packages in all 32 counties of Ireland, Ireland has some great Stag Party packages and this is why Ireland has become a destination for revellers from all over the world. Every taste is catered for, from golfing breaks to a night at the greyhound track, the decisions and the make-up of the packages will be a matter for the organiser and the vendor chosen. Stag and Hen Weekends have a proven track record in providing fantastic packages and great memories. We organise, You Party.

Special Offers

Your Stag Party is special and unlike any other Stag Party organisers, Stag and Hen Weekends enters your party into a Stagiversary FREE Draw, which means that one-year after your Stag Party you could do it all over again FREE.
All you have to do is select where you would like your stag party to take place, see our list of stag party locations. Have a look at the great stag party packages we have to offer which include a wide range of stag party activities.
We can also create a tailor made package to suit your needs. Not sure what you would like to do we can help you with some great stag party ideas and help design your own personal package.

Dublin Stag Party

Looking to book your Stag in Dublin, we have some great packages for your Dublin Stag Party. Or you can create your own Dublin Stag Weekend by choosing any of our top Stag Party Activities in Dublin.
Dublin is a great location to celebrate your Stag Party, head to Temple Bar where you will find many pubs, restaurants and clubs not to mention many more stag and hen parties out enjoying Dublin’s nightlife.
Select one of our great packages below or create your own, see our full list of stag party activities available in Dublin.

Galway Stag Party

Looking to book a Galway Stag Party, we have some great packages for your Galway Stag Do. Not sure what you would like to do we can help you with some great stag ideas in Galway. We can also create a tailor made Stag Weekend in Galway for your group; simply choose from any of our top Stag Party Activities.
Galway City remains one of the most popular Stag Party destinations in Ireland. There is an abundance of great pubs, restaurants and clubs all located close to Eyre Square, not to mention many more hen and stag parties out enjoying Galway’s nightlife.
Select one of our great packages below or create your own, see our full list of stag party activities available in Galway.

Stag Party Activities

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

RDS Events, RDS Dublin, Wedding and Honeymoon Show 2013, Dublin Hotels

RDS Events, RDS Dublin, Wedding and Honeymoon Show 2013, Dublin Hotels
The Wedding and Honeymoon Show will take place in the Main Hall at the RDS over the weekend of Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th, September 2013, 11.30 – 5.30pm. This event is Ireland’s largest Autumn Wedding Show and the longest established. The Wedding and Honeymoon Show attracts over 250 Exhibitors, catering for all aspects of planning a wedding and honeymoon destinations. Admission €12.00 payable at door.
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The RDS Main hall will be transformed into Ireland’s largest Autumn wedding showcase. You can, by simply walking around and viewing over 250 exhibitors stands, enjoy tastings of wedding cakes and delicious chocolate fountain samples, see perhaps your dream Wedding dress close up, with all the accessories and shoes, have a complimentary Wedding Day trial make up from leading make-up artists and our Wedding hair stylists will be on hand to help you decide on that special hair style.
It is an ideal opportunity for you both to view and admire bespoke tailored suits or new mix and match collections. You can view the luxurious wedding limousines from vintage to top of the range Mercedes and admire all the various floral arrangements on view.
As many show exhibitors offer special discounts and offers, the show can save time, money and is stress free. In the present climate a number of exhibitors are offering exclusive Show discount packages to engaged couples who visit the show. It is a fantastic wedding shopping day out for all.
The RDS has an ambiance and buzz that only a city centre venue can create, it is spacious so visitors can move around in comfort, enjoy fully professional catwalk shows on the Ground Floor and wedding fashions for Mums and guests going to the wedding on the Irish Wedding Diary Fashion Style Stage on the Fashion Mezzanine Level. The RDS is Ireland’s most prestigious exhibition venue which is wheelchair accessible with wide aisles and a lift to the Fashion Mezzanine level.
WED – Wedding Exhibitions Dublin is an Irish Family Company located in Dublin. Terry Burns has been involved in the organising of Hotel Wedding Fairs & Bridal Fashion Shows and Fashion PR for a considerable number of years, with an enviable reputation.
In 1989, Terry launched Wedding Exhibitions Dublin- W.E.D. in response to requests from exhibitors and hotels to create a larger platform from where they could promote their business. The two major Wedding Events are The Bride of the Year Show, held in the RDS in January and The Wedding & Honeymoon Show held in September in RDS.
Terry is delighted to announce that in Jan 2006 both of the above RDS shows were granted registration of trademark status. This confirms the shows success and the strong brand awareness that the shows have achieved and recognises that Terry Burns Wedding Exhibitions is the market leader in the business. Wedding exhibitions are the only exhibition company to have achieved this prestigious status.
Other Wedding Event News
Wedding Open Day: 20th July 2013
Venue: Lansdowne Hotel Dublin
Time: 12noon until 4pm
All you need to do before you say I do
Fantastic Raffle for €1200.00 voucher for Neil Conway Jewellers to be held on the day
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Lansdowne weddings are special; it is a day when dreams are turned into happy memories. In order to make your day special, it is important to plan and plan well, with this in mind, the Lansdowne Wedding Team will present a Wedding Open Day on the 20th July 2013. This is a unique opportunity for you to meet with wedding vendor professionals and describe what you would like from your Special day.
The Lansdowne Wedding Team will take your requirements and ideas and craft them into a special wedding event that will create a magical and unforgettable occasion.
The Lansdowne Open Wedding Day will take place in our The Raglan Room which has been beautifully renovated to host your special day. We cater for two styles of weddings:
Traditional Style 70 guests with menus from €25 euro-per person.
Buffet Style 100 guests with menus from €20 euro per person.
Our Druids Restaurant suits small wedding groups of 30 people and has its own private bar facility.
Our quest for the perfect wedding starts with the appointment of a friendly professional member of staff who will be your point of contact at every stage of your wedding preparation. We are situated only 5 minutes away from the registry office. Our Raglan Hall function room is the perfect location for the reception and we would be delighted to invite you to see it for yourself.
The Lansdowne is a family owned and managed hotel and offers a very personal touch to your special occasion. Working with a family centred professional Team means that we treat each wedding with the same attention to detail as we would for one of our own family members.
The Lansdowne Hotel is nestled in the history of Georgian Dublin, and this unique setting has proven popular for weddings. The Lansdowne Hotel has helped turn many dreams into happy memories. The Raglan Room provides the perfect setting for a memorable reception.
Your special day will begin with a full consultation with our professional team.
Lansdowne Weddings are Special
The Lansdowne Hotel is nestled in the history of Georgian Dublin, and this unique setting has proven popular for weddings. The Lansdowne Hotel has helped turn many dreams into happy memories. The Raglan Room provides the perfect setting for a memorable reception. The Lansdowne Hotel is regarded as one of the leading wedding hotels in Ireland.
Catering for the more intimate 30 guests in Druid’s Restaurant to the larger 100 guests in our famous Raglan Function Room is the perfect reception venue, dressed to the highest standard.
Weddings are the hotels speciality and our experienced and professional wedding team will ensure that the biggest day of your lives will run smoothly and that you can relax and enjoy the day as you are washed over with personal service.
The Lansdowne Hotel is renowned for its high quality of food using locally sourced produce and personal service, and the hotel also presents fantastic photo opportunities as we are only a few minutes from seascape views and golden beaches. Our East Coast location means that you can mix the tranquillity of the coast with excitement of the city. Romantic walks can be enjoyed on Sandymount Strand.
Many couples who enjoy the sport of Kings, have some wedding pictures taken at the world famous Aviva Stadium which is a couple of minutes away from the Lansdowne Hotel.
The Lansdowne Hotel has played host to hundreds of weddings over the years and we welcome large or small parties, we welcome civil weddings, church weddings, we just love weddings.
Our Dream Team will help turn your Dreams into Happy Memories

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Kilkenny arts festival 2013, kilsale arts festival, culture tech festival derry, Kilkenny whats on, hen party Kilkenny, stag party Kilkenny

Kilkenny arts festival 2013, kilsale arts festival, culture tech festival derry, Kilkenny whats on, hen party Kilkenny, stag party Kilkenny

Anyone who has been to a Hen Party in Kilkenny will know that Kilkenny is a place to be for fun, anyone who went to Kilkenny for a Stag Party is probably still there. Kilkenny Arts Festival is like a big party, loads of activities, loads of people and loads of fun.

We’re going to be at the Kinsale Arts Festival on July 13 and we’ll also be back in Derry for the Culture TECH festival in September, but we’re also heading to the Kilkenny Arts Festival in August for not one, not two but three very special Banter sessions over the course of a week.

Kilkenny Hen Party Packages

The idea of doing some Bantering in the Marble City first came about at last year’s festival and, with huge thanks to festival director Rosemary Collier and her team, we’ve managed to put together a damn good programme, including one or two sessions which we’ve been hoping to do for ages, for the festival’s 40th anniversary.Stag Party

Banter On Music Hen Party in Kilkenny

Set Theatre, John Street; Saturday August 10

Everybody Loves Our Town

When it comes to the story of the Seattle grunge explosion, Mark Yarm’s fantastic oral history Everybody Loves Our Town is one of the definitive reads on that fabled city and such bands as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Mudhoney and more. The Guardian called it “a Herculean work of interviewing and editing which gives everyone a voice, from the biggest stars to the lowliest foot soldiers”. Mark joins us at Banter to talk about the book, the Seattle scene and the grunge legacy.Stag Party

Everybody Loves This Town Kilkenny Hen Party Packages
Around the same time as Seattle was blowing up, Kilkenny was having its own moment in the sun thanks to a host of local bands, a brilliant dive venue called the New Park Inn and a host of other factors. Cormac Battle (Kerbdog, 2fm), Canice Kenealy (Engine Alley) and Malcolm Noonan (Jerusalem Taxis) rewind the city’s musical legacy.

The Neil Hannon Retrospective in 35 Minutes Stag Party
The story of Neil Hannon, The Divine Comedy, “My Lovely Horse” and the Duckworth Lewis Method in 35 minutes .Kilkenny Hen Party Packages

Banter On Music will also feature special guest performances during the course of the afternoon.Stag Party

Banter On Fashion Hen Party in Kilkenny

National Craft Gallery, Wednesday August 14, 7pm

What the hell is Irish style? Kilkenny Hen Party Packages
It’s our favourite kind of Banter panel – one with a lot of questions. What is Irish style? Is there such a thing? How does it manifest itself in Irish fashion? Is Irish style bright orange in colour? Do Irish men know anything about style? What does Irish style look like in the future? Our panel for this walk down the catwalk: Angela Scanlon (TV presenter, fashion writer and stylist) and Sonya Lennon (RTE Off the Rails, Lennon Courtney).Stag Party

Banter on the Big Issues Kilkenny Hen Party Packages

The Parade Tower at Kilkenny Castle, Saturday August 17, 2pm Stag Party

State of the art Stag Party
The Kilkenny Arts Festival turns 40 this year so it’s timely to look at the past, present and the future of the arts sector in Ireland. Colm Tóibín (novelist and playwright), Maureen Kennelly (arts producer, programmer, curator of the Mountains to Sea DLR Books Festival and former director of the Kilkenny Arts Festival and Cúirt International Festival of Literature), Donnacha Dennehy (composer and Crash Ensemble founder) and Willie White (Dublin Theatre Festival artistic director and chief executive) discuss what we’re learned over the last 40 years, the issues which the arts sector believe should be sorted out today and where things go from here.

Political reform Stag Party
It is the great cry of the political chattering classes: we need reform! Yet as various opinion polls have showed, the Irish electorate place the need for reform very far down on their list of priorities. Just how serious are we about reforming how our political system works – or doesn’t work? Is it merely a case of some politicians paying lip service to the idea to score points or is there an actual hunger for meaningful, pragmatic change? a conversation with some interested parties, including Harry McGee (Irish Times) and Sarah O’Neill (Dailwatch) about the real issues behind the clarion call for reform. Hen Party in Kilkenny

Tickets are now on sale for all three Banter sessions from the festival box-office. Admission is €13 and €11 or you can buy a special Banter bundle for all three Banters for €30. Stag Party

Of course, there’s a ton of other stuff besides Banter happening in Kilkenny over the course of the festival including some superb work from Bob & Roberta Smith, a performance from Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band, local boyo Jeremy Hickey AKA R.S.A.G, a discussion on the birth of the Irish trade union movement to mark the centenary of the 1913 Dublin lockout, the luminarium from Architects of Air and AC Grayling giving the Hubert Butler Lecture on how great literature can enrich all our lives.Hen Party in Kilkenny

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Dublin Hotels, Dublin Guesthouses, Best rates, special offers, staycation packages, short breaks, July specials

July-Get-Away, Staycation Packages Dublin including multi-night discount, FREE Full Irish-Breakfast, Discount vouchers for most major Dublin attractions, including Dublin ZOO and so much more…BOOK NOW

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Marlay Park festival 2013, Marlay Park music, Accommodation near Marlay Park, Dublin Hotels, Dublin Guesthouses, bed and breakfast, hotels near marley park, hotels for longitude festival

Marlay Park festival 2013, Marlay Park music, Accommodation near Marlay Park, Dublin Hotels, Dublin Guesthouses, bed and breakfast, hotels near marley park, hotels for longitude festival

Marlay Park / Marley Park is located in Rathfarnham which is a short distance from and an easy commute to Dublin Central Hotels and Guesthouses, this means you can enjoy the best of both worlds, party in the country during the day and evening and return for some city living at night.

Longitude Festival: 19th-21st July:

This un-believable event features Kraftwerk, Pheonix, Vampire Weekend, HotChip, Villagers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Foals, Jake Bugg, Tom Odell to name but a few!

The five stages of Longitude – and August shows for Marlay Park?

The licence application for the capital’s newest festival reveals more details of what to expect in Marlay Park in July.

Those heading to Longitude in Dunlin’s Marlay Park in July can look forward to spending their time wandering around five stages, according to the licence application lodged by Festival Republic, on behalf of MCD, with Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

According to the application and event management plan, we can expect “three music stages and two multi arts stages”, with all the stages bar the main stage to be tented. There is also a “children’s area” per the site drawings attached to the application. The site capacity is 9,999 people and they’re expecting a 50/50 male/female breakdown. Music will run each day from 2pm to 11pm and there will be no re-admission to the site. Security contracts have been awarded to UK-based companies SLS and Specialized Security and the security guidelines are very much in keeping with the post-Swedish House Mafia shows at Marlay Park last year.

The letter of consent included with the application from Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to MCD, giving them permission to apply for the licence, refers to a contract agreement from May 2006. It would be interesting to see that document and the terms, conditions and duration of that agreement.

It’s also interesting to note the existence of another licence application from MCD for “concert consisting of music performance” at Marlay Park on August 3 and 4. Application OEL 02/13 was lodged on May 24 and the relevant application is not currently online. Again, as has become the norm this summer, it’s Festival Republic who are taking the lead, a further sign of the Live Nation takeover of the Irish live music business.

Thanks to its investment in Festival Republic, Live Nation now has a hand, act and part in the Phoenix Park shows, Longitude, Oxegen and, most famously, the Electric Picnic. There is also the not insignificant matter of Dublin’s O2 and it’s believed that the company are the front-runners to buy Harry Crosbie’s stake in the venue from NAMA. It’s been a long time coming and they’ve done so with great stealth, but Live Nation are now very significant players in the Irish live music market.