Springsteen set to rock Thomond with grant of event licence

Ready to rock: Bruce Springsteen
THE last hurdle for the most keenly anticipated gig in Limerick in years has been removed with the granting of an event licence for Bruce Springsteen at Thomond Park on Tuesday next, July 16.

THE last hurdle for the most keenly anticipated gig in Limerick in years has been removed with the granting of an event licence for Bruce Springsteen at Thomond Park on Tuesday next, July 16.

The application was made on behalf of Aiken Promotions by consultants Eamon O’Boyle and includes a plan to use back-up generators in the event of floodlight failure to ensure the Boss’s Limerick fans are not left dancing in the dark.

The application by Aiken to Limerick City Council had been seen as little more than a formality given the success of previous events run by the promoter at the home of Munster Rugby.

A licence has been sought to run the event between 4pm and 11.30pm, a crowd of around 30,000 is expected and Aiken staff are to spend 10 days in the city preparing for and winding down after the concert, supporting documentation for the event licence reveals.

Other details include that alcohol sales at the gig will be limited to beer and wine only and that the numbers of gardai on duty at the event is to be agreed in advance between Aiken and local Garda management.

The manager’s order confirming the grant of the licence issued on July 4 and set out that a final event management plan was to have been submitted to the city fire chief by Tuesday of this week.