Sunday 22 October 2017

Locals launch court challenge against two-day Samhain festival headlining Liam Gallagher

Liam Gallagher (Dave Hogan/PA)
Liam Gallagher (Dave Hogan/PA)

Tom Tuite

Local residents have launched a court challenge to drink and dance licences being granted for the two-day Samhain music festival in Dublin.

The sell-out event featuring Britpop icon Liam Gallagher is taking place on Oct. 28 and the following day in a hangar at Dublin’s Weston Airport just 20 minutes from the city-centre.

The line-up for the first night is Annie Mac and 2manydjs plus Eats Everything, Mele and Kelly-Anne Byrne.

Former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher will headline the following night supported by Cavan rockers The Strypes and Derry punk band, Touts.

However, a group of local residents have formally objected and their court action was adjourned today to allow talks with event organisers take place.

The case was listed before Judge Michael Coghlan at Dublin District Court on Wednesday.

Dorothy Collins BL (instructed by Ursula Courtney solicitor) for Olympia Productions said it was their application for an occasional drinks and a temporary dance licence for the event.

Ms Collins said she was aware that there were objections.

A statutory meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday, the barrister said and she asked that the case be adjourned for a week.

Judge Coghlan granted the adjournment and remarked, “in the meantime I think it is good to talk in this instance”.

One of the objectors, Hugh Collender, speaking from the public gallery, told the court that residents have already had several meetings with the applicants.

“Now it is before the courts, I am encouraging a further meeting,” the judge replied as he put the case back for one week.

Olympia Productions are applying for the licences to be in place from 6pm to midnight on Oct. 28 and from 6pm to 11pm the following night, when Liam Gallagher and his band take to the stage.

After the brief hearing, several residents spoke with the applicant’s solicitor Ursula Courtney outside the courtroom in relation to the proposed meeting before they left the building.

The festival is the first of its kind at the Weston Airport.

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