The cancellation of the Tyson Fury gig at the Cork Opera House is thought to be related to the graffiti threats spray-painted on the side of the DCU Helix ahead of a similar gig in the Dublin venue.
A Cork Opera House spokesperson confirmed that no threats had been made to the Cork Opera House ahead of the scheduled event and they had no security concerns.
“The decision was made by the promoter. We understand the decision was made based on the activity at the Helix,” they said.
The Heavyweight world champion boxer Tyson Fury was meant to speak at the Opera House about his colourful career, but his promoter cancelled when the words ‘MTK scum’ ‘Daniel Kinehan M15 rat’ ‘Tyson Fury scum’ and ‘Kinahan Regency Part 2’ were scrawled on the side of the Dublin venue.
The Opera House said that the decision had been made on Monday and they immediately began contacting patrons.
“We had sold over 550 tickets, so there were a lot of people planning on attending.” The capacity of the Cork Opera House event was 900 people.
The spokesperson said that around 300 of these tickets were high-value tickets, ranging in price from €120 for a VIP ticket and €300 for a VVIP ticket which included 15 minute meet and greet with Tyson, signed Tyson Fury Boxing glove, a printed photograph with Tyson, front row seats , along with the Q&A, main event and sports memorabilia auction.
“We have been contacting patrons directly as well as refunding them, just to make sure they are aware that the event is cancelled. It is disappointing for patrons and we apologise for the cancellation,” they said.