Government reveals pilot music and sports events allowed to host spectators in June 3 weeks ago

Government reveals pilot music and sports events allowed to host spectators in June

One of the events will be an outdoor music festival in Phoenix Park where up to 3,500 can attend.

A number of pilot music and sports events across Ireland will be allowed to host spectators in June, the Government has announced.


It comes following Taoiseach Micheál Martin's speech tonight, during which he confirmed the dates for the return of international travel, the return of indoor dining and drinking in pubs and restaurants and the return of crowds to outdoor and sporting events.

During the speech, the Taoiseach also said that pilot events would take place in June and early July in order "to test the logistical requirements" for the further reopening of society.

As of yet, 11 pilot events have been announced for next month, details of which are below:

  • Thursday, 10 June - Iveagh Gardens, Outdoor music event curated by NCH - Capacity, 500
  • Friday, 11 June - RDS, Leinster v Dragons - Capacity, 1,200
  • Friday, 11 June - Tallaght Stadium, Shamrock Rovers v Finn Harps - Capacity, 1,000
  • Friday, 11 June - Turners Cross, Cork City v Cabinteely - Capacity, 600
  • Sunday, 20 June - Croke Park, Camogie National League Finals - Capacity, 3,000
  • Wednesday, 23 June - University Limerick Concert Hall Indoor, Opera - Capacity, 519
  • Friday, 25 June - Tallaght Stadium,  Shamrock Rovers v Drogheda, Capacity 1,000
  • Saturday, 26 June - Morton Stadium, Santry Athletics Ireland National Championships - Capacity, up to 400
  • Saturday, 26 June - Phoenix Park, Outdoor music festival type event, fully seated - Capacity, 3,500
  • Saturday, 26 June - INEC Club, Killarney, Co Kerry - Music performance indoors (hotel setting), fully seated – Capacity, 200
  • End of June - The Curragh, Race Meeting - Capacity, 1,000 for one day of the three-day event

Earlier on Friday, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar hinted that the pilot events may require the use of Covid-19 tests.

He stated: "Pilot events would see pretty large numbers of people being allowed to gather outdoors - and in some cases - indoors.

"We've yet to work on the details of that and potentially testing might be part of the protocol for that."


Check out for more information about the pilot events. For JOE's full breakdown of what you can expect in the coming months as restrictions ease further, see here.