Saturday 18 April 2015

'Bestest' weekend ever as 1D give farewell concert

Kirsty Blake-Knox

Published 26/05/2014 | 02:30

25/5/14 One Direction fans Abby(6) and Rebecca (9) Higgins and Jirsty (6) and Zoe (8) Clelland, Dundalk on their way to see the band at Croke Park
25/5/14 One Direction fans Abby(6) and Rebecca (9) Higgins and Jirsty (6) and Zoe (8) Clelland, Dundalk on their way to see the band at Croke Park
Barbara Walsh and daughter Mia, age 4, Dublin on their way to see the band at Croke Park
One Direction fans on their way to see the band at Croke Park
On the road: Travelling fans from Waterford on their way to see their One Direction heroes at Croke Park
One Direction fans Reagan O'Brien, age 8, Sophie Mernin, 11 and Annika O'Brien 10, Waterford
One Direction fans Tamara Rooney, age 11, Diana Ryan, 14 and Leah Duggan, 10, Ballyfermot
One Direction fans Saoirse Kelly and Aoife Halligan, Dundalk on their way to see the band at Croke Park, Dublin.
One Direction fans Lauren Johnston and Lauren Vince, age 16, disappointed at not getting to see the band at Croke Park, Dublin..
Carly Byrne, Oliver Bond Street, with children Amy O'Connell and Taylor Cuffee who where left disappointed after buying fake tickets online to see the band at Croke Park,
1D Gig
One Direction (Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Liam Payne) perform at Croke Park,
One Direction
CREDIT: Croke Park / @CrokePark # One Direction looked good last night from the #EtihadSkyline roof top

NIALL Horan's epic homecoming gig ended with a bang last night as One Directions three-day stint at Croke Park drew to a close.

It was an eventful series of concerts with plenty of screaming, silver streaming fireworks and chat about Superquinn sausages.

Some 240,000 Irish fans attended the gigs over three days but last night a handful of dejected 'directioners' sat outside Croke Park lamenting the fact that they were unable to get their hands on tickets.

Lauren Johnston (16) and Lauren Vince (15) from The Liberties, in Dublin, had been on the hunt for passes all day to no avail.

"I'd love to see them," Johnston wailed. "We didn't get the tickets in time. I'm devastated. I've got everything crossed that we get inside."

Others were more lucky. Saoirse Kelly (18) from Dundalk, Co Louth, had gone to every single one of the concerts.

"I wouldn't miss it for the world. Niall willl give it his all," she told the Irish Independent.

Eight-year-old Zoe and six-year-old Kirsty Clelland from Dundalk, Co Louth, were excited to see the band and to get a day off school.

"It's the bestest weekend ever," Kirsty said. "I get to see Niall and no school on Monday. Santy gave me the tickets."

And Mia Murray (4), attended her first 1D concert with her mother Barbara Walsh. "She's the smallest One Direction fan here," Walsh explained. "But she'll be rocking out at Croker."

With 80pc of the audience aged between five and 18 years of age promoters MCD increased security measures to ensure the grounds are child-friendly.

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They took measures such as a 'tag your child' system, had seven lost children information points in the stadium and an app devised especially for the concert.

The concerts delivered a major boost to the capital with restaurant sales, shopping and some booking into hotels.

Last night, promoters MCD deemed the event a success while the Gardra Siochana said it was one of the most subdued and civilised series of concerts held in Croke Park.

"There have been no real difficulties," a gardai spokesman said. "Lots of hysterical girls but apart from that disruptions have been at a minimum. It's just young girls and their mammies."

The stage where Louis, Harry, Zayn, Niall and Liam were entertaining screaming fans was perched on Hill 16. It was one of three being used as part of One Direction's 'Where We Are' world tour and is transported on 70 trucks.

The band play Sunderland's Stadium Of Light next week but Irish fans will be talking about the Croke Park gigs for months to come.

This is a picture of Zara Morrissey aged 7 Chloe Morrissey aged 5 and Eabha Moss aged 8. This was their first concert and they had s brilliant time
This is a picture of Zara Morrissey aged 7 Chloe Morrissey aged 5 and Eabha Moss aged 8. This was their first concert and they had s brilliant time
Salma and Nadia Laassri, Wicklow
Petra Mac Evilly and Ava Whelan from Mullingar
One D's biggest fan?!
'And yes we did have children with us' writes Louise Clarke
'Great night had at 1D last nite with the girls, Nicole, Danielle, Kellie, Emma, Lorna, Shannon, Nina & Therese'
Avril Tormey sends in a selfie of her and all her friends at One D
Ava Carroll age 8 from Ashbourne Co. Meath
Waiting for One Direction to come on stage
One D's biggest fans!
One Direction fans
Love for One Direction
Madison & Ella,best cousins hit 1D
Lisa, Amy and Abby waiting for One Direction
Kiya & her Aunty Tasha loving it - Kiya gave the boys 1million out of ten
Katie O' Dea (Mayo) & Sinead Ryan (Dublin) on route to tonight's concert on the train from Galway!
Here is my 8 year old Daughter Ava Carroll's selfie from the 1D concert last night - Excited was not the word!
Ava, Petra and Jasmine from Mullingar at 1D last night for their first concert
Anna McGlinchey from Co.Derry with her 1d banner in Croke Park.
Megan O Connor and Romai Mc Morrow from Leitrim
Twin sisters Lea and Chloe wearing their Irish flag to make Niall proud
Supporting Niall on stage!
Raincoats on for the One Direction gig!
Gemma at the One D concert on Sunday night
From left, Courtney O Mara, Lucy Morgan , Sophie Morgan and Abbey Mc Namara from Limerick enjoying the Concert tonight
Andrew and Laura Collins
Aisling (6) and Grace (8) from Clare
Katie mason and ciara codd at their first concert...best night ever! From Laura Mason
Katie mason and ciara codd at their first concert....they never sat down for a sec.....best night ever! From Laura Mason
From Avril Tormey
And another one of Ava Carroll age 8 from Ashbourne Co. Meath !
From Laura Geoghegan
This is my daughter Nía Collins after seeing Niall Horan come out on stage at Friday Nights Show in Croke Park. She's aged 4. Please put her into your 1D selfie gallery.
From Donna Coakley
Salma and Nadia Laassri, Wicklow
Salma and Nadia Laassri, Wicklow
Hi this is me and my little girl Jessica Lynam and my niece Shannon Lester at  1D last night the pic says it all :).. Great night
Great nite had at 1D last nite with the girls, Nicole, Danielle, Kellie, Emma, Lorna, Shannon, Nina & Therese
And yes we did have children with us. From Lou Lou Clarke
Petra Mac evilly and Ava Whelan from Mullingar @1D last night!
Natasha Henigan
Madison & Ella up from wexford! From Ciara Margolin
From Sinead O' Connor
Ava, Petra and Jasmine from mullingar @ 1D last night/first concert!
Madison & Ella,best cousins hit 1D!
Kiya & her Aunty Tasha loving it - Kiya gave the boys 1million out of ten - BEST DAY EVER !!!
Here is my 8 year old Daughter Ava Carroll's selfie from the 1D concert last night ! Excited was not the word ! We live in Ashbourne, Co. Meath Thanks a mil, Rachel :-)
From Glenda Scallan
From Glenda Scallan
Lisa, Amy and Abby at Saturday nights show. From Craig Mahon
From Michelle Hickey
From Michelle Hickey
From Melissa Caffrey
From Melissa Caffrey
From Melissa Caffrey
Ava Doyle aged 7 from Dublin at her first ever concert. She spent most of it asking could Harry hear her shouting at him?! Brilliant show and really well planned out. From Amy D
From Melissa finnegan
Anita Vance and Emma Vance. From Anita Vance
From Laura Geoghegan
From Laura Geoghegan
From Laura Geoghegan
From Laura Geoghegan
From Veronica Dempsey
My 3 daughters Shauna May O'Reilly (14), Stefanie O'Reilly (12),Katie Anne O'Reilly (9) at the !D concert Friday night.From Ballinagh,Co.Cavan. From Claudia Potratz.
From Geraldine Quinn
This is my son Luke Byrne who's 13 and has downsyndrome oooohhhh the excitement was amazing 
From Sarah Dempsey
Hi!! We were there last night and this is our selfie!! Fantastic night!! brought our girls but think us aul ones turned out to be the kids in the end!!!! Xxxx Aoife, Ciara, and Jean From Galway
From Geraldine Quinn
From Deirdre Buckley
Rachel. Absolutely star struck :) From Theresa Carter
Lauren Clare at 1D, from Avril Clare
Nicole Beggs and Danielle Beggs
Here is a picture of myself and my daughter Holly at Friday nights concert...just brillant
From Derek O Mahoney
My daughter Sarah Cooney at the one direction concert on Friday 23rd of May. She was so overwhelmed to see the boys who she has loved for years. From Sinead Cooney
This is my 1 D selfie with my 7year old daughter Ella Geoghegan at the opening night. From Clare Dowling
Kaitlyn Boyce and chole Creevy last nite in croke park.
From Friday nights show. Had a great nite. Anna, Aileen & Ellen Hyland.
From Kristina O Dowd
My daughter Toni at the concert last night we both had a ball, from Mandy O' Rourke
Emer cafferkey from Achill island with her custom made irish rugby jersey for the one direction concert tonight in croke park!
Twins Emily and Katie Ni Lubhlai with their Mum Stephanie are ready to go to Croke Park to see One Direction
My daughter Katie Smith aged 11 from Drogheda ready to rock Croke Park - Susan Clarke
Michelle O Gorman
Danielle, kellie, Lorna, Shannon and Nicole, from Christina Dowling
Kyla, Hannah and leigha on bus on way to 1D from galway, from Carol Morris
Rianna & Anoala Smyth from Ballybay Co. Monaghan #onedirectionersforever! - from Sandra Roche
Mia murphy had a blast at 1D last night great show, from Sarah Murphy
From Mary O' Rourke

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