Here's a full list of Cork events which could be affected following the government ban on mass gatherings

Here's a full list of Cork events which could be affected following the government ban on mass gatherings
Westlife pictured at a press conference at Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Cork at the announcement that they will bring their reunion tour back to Ireland with a concert in Cork on August 28, 2020.Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provsion

Concerts and sports fixtures set to be held in Cork this summer are now in jeopardy following the banning of mass gatherings across the country.

The government confirmed this afternoon that events requiring licenses in excess of 5,000 people will not take place until the end of August.

The decision, which was taken by government ministers at a cabinet meeting, means that major sporting events, concerts and festivals will be postponed or cancelled for the months ahead.

Here is a breakdown of the events which are now in jeopardy.

1. Musgrave Park’s summer series 

File image of Musgrave Park.
File image of Musgrave Park.

With a capacity of over 8,000, Musgrave Park’s summer series is now eliminated from Cork’s events calendar.

A total of seven concerts were due to be played at the stadium in June, attracting thousands to the city.

Organisers of the event, MCD Productions, are yet to make a statement about this afternoon’s announcement.

The full line up includes:

- June 18: Lewis Capaldi 

- June 19: Gerry Cinnamon 

- June 20: David Gray 

- June 23: The Script 

- June 26: Picture This 

- June 27: Dermot Kennedy 

2. Westlife at Páirc Uí Chaoimh 

Westlife Album Cover.
Westlife Album Cover.

The famous boyband were due to take to the stage at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on August 28 and 29.

The band had already cancelled a number of headline shows at festivals in the UK.

Organisers of the event, MCD Productions are yet to make a statement about this afternoon’s announcement.


3. Live at the Marquee 

Live at the Marquee tent by the River Lee. Picture: David Creedon / Anzenberger
Live at the Marquee tent by the River Lee. Picture: David Creedon / Anzenberger

Uncertainty remains surrounding the Live at the Marquee gigs due to take place from May 28 to June 29 as the tented venue has a capacity of around 4,000.

Organisers of the event, Aiken Promotions, are yet to make a statement about this afternoon’s announcement.

The full line up includes:

- May 28: Fountaines DC 

- May 29: The Coronas 

- May 30: The 2 Johnnies Podcast 

- May 31: Nathan Carter 

- June 2: Tom Jones 

- June 5: Sineád O’Connor 

- June 7: A Woman's Heart Orchestra 

- June 8: The National 

 - June 9: Pet Shop Boys 

- June 10: Dido 

- June 12-17: Mrs Brown’s Boys 

- June 18: John Bishop 

- June 19: One Day Presents Deadmau5

 - June 20: Orbital 

- June 24: An Evening with Yusuf/Cat Stevens

 - June 25: Diana Ross 

 - June 26: 2fm Live with Jenny Greene and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra 

- June 27: Christy Moore 

- June 29: Crowded House 

4. Munster Championship matches at Páirc Uí Chaoimh 


Páirc Uí Chaoimh is currently being used as a testing centre for Covid-19.Picture: Larry Cummins
Páirc Uí Chaoimh is currently being used as a testing centre for Covid-19.Picture: Larry Cummins


If a GAA Championship goes ahead this year, it is uncertain how it will be organised, as the tens and thousands of GAA fans will no longer be able to attend the Páirc to support their team following this afternoon’s announcement.

The GAA recently issued a statement saying that it would be July at the earliest before the All-Ireland championships, due to begin on May 9, could be started.

The GAA has stated its intention to accommodate both club and county games and that it is the intention to also finish the Allianz Leagues.

The Ladies Gaelic Football Association cancelled their National Leagues with immediate effect at the end of March and announced that they would monitor the ongoing situation. The Camogie Association announced last week that they planned to complete all competitions as planned this year.

Páirc Uí Chaoimh is currently being used as a testing centre for Covid-19.

5. Airtricity League at Turners Cross 

File image of Turners Cross.
File image of Turners Cross.

Airtricity League clubs had planned on returning to train before the end of May, and to the field of play at the back end of June. All upcoming fixtures at the stadium will be in doubt for the summer, as crowds can sometimes be over 5,000.

6. Cork City Marathon

Pictured is the start of the Half Marathon on Albert Road, one of the four race categories in the 2019 Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon.   Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Pictured is the start of the Half Marathon on Albert Road, one of the four race categories in the 2019 Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon.   Picture: Jim Coughlan.

The Cork City Marathon which has already postponed its event to September 6 could be under threat if the measures on mass gatherings announced today are carried beyond current August deadline.

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