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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Fans under the age of 14 could be refused entry to Irish 1D concerts

Eimear Rabbitte

Published 16/04/2014 | 07:11

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19:  Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Loius Tomlinson and Zayn Malik of One Direction accept the award for Global Success onstage at The BRIT Awards 2014 at The O2 Arena on February 19, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Redferns via Getty Images)
The band, including Mullingar heart-throb Niall Horan, will play three sell-out gigs at Croke Park this May. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Redferns via Getty Images)

YOUNG fans of chart superstars One Direction are being warned they could be turned away from the hotly anticipated gigs this summer if they don't adhere to strict age limits.

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The band, including Mullingar heart-throb Niall Horan, will play three sell-out gigs at Croke Park this May.

However, teeny boppers who were looking forward to dancing the night away on Croke Park's hallowed turf, will need to make sure that they are over the age of 14.

Promoters MCD have said that strict age limits will be adhered to in order to ensure that all health and safety regulations at the 80,000 plus seater stadium are met.

Organisers confirmed to the Herald that children under the age of 14 will not be allowed on to the pitch for the gigs, even if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Ticket holders to see the Best Song Ever stars who are under the age of 16 must be accompanied at all times by a parent and guardian.

A representative for MCD referred to the statement on the Ticketmaster website which says there will be age checks in operation.

"If there is doubt whether a minor qualifies for age restrictions set out, proof of age may be requested.

"It is the responsibility of the adult accompanying the minor to be able to satisfy staff that the minor is the age they say," the Ticketmaster website outlines.

The Where We Are world tour gigs sold out in minutes and some fans could be disappointed if they failed to pay heed to the terms. A spokesperson for Croke Park told the Herald: "We provide the venue for the concerts and the promoters then impose their own health and safety regulations."

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