Christmas lights concert cut short due to huge crowd
Published 14/11/2016 | 02:30
The headline act due to perform at Grafton Street's 'Christmas Lights ceremony' was cancelled due to safety concerns, as 15,000 people turned up for the event.
Barry Murphy, lead singer of folk group Hermitage Green, said he was "very disappointed" the gig was cut short.
"But we completely understood the situation," he said. "I think the organisers were a bit overwhelmed by how many people turned up."
The cast of the Gaiety Panto were also upset that their segment was cut from the show.
As a result of the cancelled performances, the event ended half an hour earlier than planned.
People took to social media to express their anger at the "badly organised event" which some described as "horrific".
In a statement, DublinTown explained that "due to numbers and in the interest of safety and comfort, organisers decided to shorten the usual programme format".
CEO of DublinTown Richard Guiney said the large turn-out proved that Irish people "do Christmas better than anywhere else in the world".
In Cork, Olympic heroes Gary and Paul O'Donovan turned on the Christmas lights.