Timely return of The Coronas to Limerick for next gig series

Top Irish band to play at King John's Castle

Alan Owens


Alan Owens

Timely return of The Coronas to Limerick for next gig series

The Coronas performing in the Milk Market in 2011

EXACTLY five years to the day since becoming the first band to play in Limerick's Milk Market, The Coronas will be the debut act at a planned for new series of gigs in King John’s Castle in the city.

The band – one of Ireland’s biggest selling acts of recent years with three platinum selling albums to their name – will play in the 13th century castle on the Saturday of the May Bank Holiday weekend.

The Coronas will play to a planned audience of 2,000 people in King John’s on April 30, with tickets going on sale this Friday. The show is being run by bookers Dolan’s in tandem with Shannon Heritage, and was launched in the castle this Tuesday evening.

Booker Mick Dolan said that he hoped that the show would be “the first of many”. 

“There is nothing that I can tell you now, but ideally it would be. It is hard to tell at this stage. There has been a big reaction and there will be big feedback from the band afterwards - but we actually have feelers out already. We have been working on it since last year,” he said of the show.

“You are talking about the Coronas starting upstairs in Dolan's and they were the first band to do the Big Top, and now they are the first to do the Castle. It is the launch of the Castle moving forward,” he said.

With Hermitage Green booked in to play in the Big Top at the Milk Market on the Sunday of the May Bank Holiday and the Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run also taking place, Limerick will be the place to be that weekend.

“It will be fantastic to have a gig in the middle of a castle with so much history, it will be phenomenal and great to get it up and going,” said Mick.

“The guys love Limerick, they have done so many gigs down here, starting off Upstairs and then the Big Top and now the Castle, it is fantastic. They are up for it big time – they haven’t done Limerick in a while as well.”

Shannon Heritage CEO John Ruddle and Shannon Group CEO Neil Pakey both told the Limerick Leader recently that the venue “would be a wonderful location for concerts” and that it was actively being pursued.