“Scandalous conditions” at concert

A Portlaoise woman who attended last Saturday’s controversial concert in Croke Park, recalled her shock at the violence and filth she witnessed there.

A Portlaoise woman who attended last Saturday’s controversial concert in Croke Park, recalled her shock at the violence and filth she witnessed there.

“There was a girl near me being kicked around on the ground, I don’t know how she survived, there were lads all around her.

“Two other girls were fighting, pulling the heads off one another,” she said.

The outdoor concert featured dance band Swedish House Mafia and rapper Snoop Dogg, and was attended by 45,000 people. Nine people were reported to be stabbed at the event, and hours after it, two young people collapsed and died, one of them being 21 year old Shane Brophy from Crettyard.

Before the concert, ticketholders were directed to walk all through the Phoenix Park, past families attending the zoo, and Aras an Uachtarain.

As they were not allowed to bring their own alcoholic drink in, they drank as they walked.

“Everyone was gulping back the drink, they were drunk and high going in.

“I was very surprised to see it walked past the zoo, I thought it would have been closed for the day,” the Portlaoise lady said.

There were not enough security at the entrance she believes.

“There was just such a crowd going in.

“They had four or five railings each for men and women, but I wasn’t checked, it was such an influx, they weren’t scanning everyone’s tickets,” she said.

Inside the grounds, things turned from bad to worse.

“It was a pure mudfest, dirty scandalous conditions. There wasn’t enough security,

“It wasn’t the safest concert to be at. I know there was never going to be a good crowd at it, but if a fight started, there was nobody around to break it up.

“I can’t see it ever being held in the Phoenix Park again,” she commented.