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Friday 19 September 2014

Three venues vying to rival the O2 and Odyssey as concert site

Published 06/01/2014 | 02:30

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Cheerios Childline Concert...A general view of the O2 in Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 16, 2008. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire...E
A general view of the O2 in Dublin. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

THREE separate venues are locked in the struggle to become the major rival to the O2 in Dublin and Odyssey in Belfast.

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More than 200 jobs hinge on which of the three proposed venues proceed to the construction phase in Cork, to offer the city a 7,000-capacity venue for concerts and conference events.

Three proposed venues have already secured planning permission -- Owen O'Callaghan's Albert Quay project, Howard Holdings' proposal for the docklands and a plan for the former Beamish & Crawford brewery site. The projects will cost between €50m and €70m.

The Irish Independent has learned that a state subvention via Cork City Council is likely to determine which of the venues is viable.

One source said that, without the annual subvention, operating venues of such a scale in Cork would be a marginal undertaking.

Irish Independent

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