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Ferguson sells 2,700 tickets in 18 minutes for talk

John Spain Books Editor

Published 24/09/2013 | 05:00

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Alex Ferguson: autobiography out next month
Alex Ferguson: autobiography out next month

FORMER Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson's public interview in the National Convention Centre sold all of its 2,700 tickets in just 18 minutes.

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The event, a public interview with TV presenter and devoted Man United fan Eamonn Holmes as part of the launch of Mr Ferguson's autobiography, is in the Convention Centre on Friday, November 8.

Tickets went on sale at 10am last Tuesday on Easons.com and sold out completely within 18 minutes.

A spokeswoman for Easons, which is handling the event, said yesterday that the demand was phenomenal.

Easons has been inundated with phone calls from people pleading for tickets and asking to be put on a cancellation list. But the reality is that all the tickets have been sold.

Originally planned for the 2,000-seater main auditorium in the Convention Centre, the event was moved to the bigger Forum reception area inside the entrance to the centre when indications of the huge demand for tickets became apparent.

CAPACITY

This move allowed the capacity to be increased to 2,700. The Forum area will be seated for the event.

The former Manchester United manager's own account of his life story will be published on October 24 and is being followed by a visit to London, Dublin and several other cities to promote the book.

Tickets for the Dublin event are €40 each, but this includes a signed copy of the book.

The 500-page hardback book will be priced at around €30 in Irish bookshops.

There has been a similar demand for tickets for the events Mr Ferguson is doing in Britain in October and November. His appearance at Salford's Lowry Theatre in Manchester is the fastest-selling event in the theatre's history, with 1,700 tickets selling out in less than four minutes.

The 'Bookseller' magazine has reported that in Aberdeen 1,300 tickets sold in under two minutes, while the 2,500 tickets for the Royal Festival Hall in London sold out in less than an hour.

But the Dublin event on the evening of Friday, November 8, is the biggest on the Ferguson book tour and one of the fastest selling.

Irish Independent

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