Sheer joy as Cork celebrates three epic nights

Sheer joy as Cork celebrates three epic nights
Ed Sheeran on stage at Páirc Uí Chaoimh last night, the final of his three concerts in Cork. Pic: Instagram/teddysphotos

Concert promoter Peter Aiken has hailed Ed Sheeran’s three-night stint in Páirc Uí Chaoimh as a “once in a lifetime experience” that will be hard to repeat but said he hopes to bring other major acts to the stadium in the future.

The mega-popstar played a blinder at the redeveloped stadium with Aiken saying the young singer had achieved something not even Michael Jackson could have pulled off.

Ed Sheeran on stage during the last of his three Cork concerts at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Picture Dan Linehan
Ed Sheeran on stage during the last of his three Cork concerts at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Picture Dan Linehan

“Not everyone can do three nights, I can’t think of too many artists who could do three nights to be honest.”

He was full of praise for Páirc Uí Chaoimh and the planning and organisation around the event. “The venue is great, it worked fantastically. It looked amazing, it really worked and anyone who came was well impressed.

Gill, Isabelle, Tim and Grace Kearney from Watergrasshill pictured on their way to see the Ed Sheeran concert on Sunday evening. Picture: Howard Crowdy
Gill, Isabelle, Tim and Grace Kearney from Watergrasshill pictured on their way to see the Ed Sheeran concert on Sunday evening. Picture: Howard Crowdy

“Ed loved the show. He loved it.”

Looking ahead, Mr Aiken said he hopes this is the start of a plethora of Cork concerts hosted at the redeveloped stadium.

Anna and Patrick Enright, Cork with (middle) Grace O'Connell. Pic; Larry Cummins
Anna and Patrick Enright, Cork with (middle) Grace O'Connell. Pic; Larry Cummins

“I hope this is the start of a number of concerts coming to Cork, but you have got to remember there are big venues all over Ireland, Croke Park, Aviva. It is not as big a business as it is made out to be, there are only a handful of artists who could do something like this.

“Nobody has ever done what this young fella has done before. Nobody has ever sold that amount of tickets,” Mr Aiken said.

West Cork women Caitlin O'Mahony, Samantha Rowden, Kiya O'Mahony, Kate Moynihan Mia Kate Foskett, Ava Hartnett and 'Ballinhassig boys' Jack Granger, Michael McGuane and Conor Desmond attending Saturday's concert. Pic; Larry Cummins
West Cork women Caitlin O'Mahony, Samantha Rowden, Kiya O'Mahony, Kate Moynihan Mia Kate Foskett, Ava Hartnett and 'Ballinhassig boys' Jack Granger, Michael McGuane and Conor Desmond attending Saturday's concert. Pic; Larry Cummins

CEO of the Cork Business Association Lawrence Owens said it had been a fantastic weekend for Cork and everyone involved should be really proud.

“Hats off to everyone involved, it was a brilliant weekend. There was a tremendous buzz about the city, shops were full of people and pubs and restaurants were packed.”

Fans watching Ed Sheeran on stage during the last of his three Cork concerts at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Picture Dan Linehan
Fans watching Ed Sheeran on stage during the last of his three Cork concerts at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Picture Dan Linehan

Local businessman Ernest Cantillon, who owns Electric and Sober Lane, said Saturday was one of the busiest days and nights he had ever seen in his venues. “On Saturday we went 14 hours without any let-up. There was a tiny lull around 6pm as people headed to the concert, but with the sun out, we were still busy. It was a phenomenal night.”

Annemarie O'Neill, Tramore, Co Waterford with Patricia Hassett and Katie O'Neill from Cork.Pic; Larry Cummins
Annemarie O'Neill, Tramore, Co Waterford with Patricia Hassett and Katie O'Neill from Cork.Pic; Larry Cummins

Lord Mayor Tony Fitzgerald went to see Ed Sheeran perform on Saturday night and he said it was an amazing family occasion with a fabulous atmosphere.

“It was a high-class concert. World class entertainment. I have to thank Aiken promotions and the support services, it was a great showcase of what Cork is capable of.

Tanya and Alan Hurley, Glanmire, Cork with children Tom, Michael and Sinead.Pic; Larry Cummins
Tanya and Alan Hurley, Glanmire, Cork with children Tom, Michael and Sinead.Pic; Larry Cummins

Sergeant Peter Murphy, who had been working all weekend at the stadium said: “There were a few small issues, but generally the weekend went very well.”

Local resident Paddy Mulley said there were a few challenges for local residents to overcome, such as a multitude of individuals urinating in their gardens and some “loutish” anti-social behaviour from people leaving the concert at 11pm.

“The more timid neighbours were on lockdown all weekend,” Mr Mulley said, “They couldn’t go anywhere.” Despite these issues, Mr Mulley complimented the Gardaí for their stewarding of the event.

“They were very efficient,” Mr Mulley said.-

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