Friday 23 March 2018

'She's hit the deck!' - Justin Bieber's biggest fan breaks down as she secures tickets to Dublin concert

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

There were screams, tears and cheers throughout St. Stephen’s Green shopping centre this morning as Justin Bieber fans in onesie pyjamas got their hands on the ticket they’d been queuing for since Tuesday.

Ciara Burtenshaw told that she has loved Justin Bieber "since I was seven years old" because "he's perfect".

Ciara (right) and Jade O' Brien (left) are Justin Beiber superfans, while best friend Robin Barnwell (centre) camped out just to see her friend get her hands on the tickets.

"She's not a real fan", Jade joked, to which Ciara added "she's just doing it for me... she's just a best friend!"

The trio had been camping outside St. Stephen's Green Shopping Centre since Tuesday night, with the support of their parents.

"Our parents have been calling over, dropping us money and food", Jade explained. The three have had to miss school in order to be the first in line. "We had exams...It's OK to miss those", Jade added, jokingly.

The girls were in high spirits this morning in the queue and Ciara burst into tears when she was handed the very first pair of tickets.

Ciara sank to the floor where Robin, laughing, hugged her while someone in the background shouted "she's hit the deck!"

Ciara and Jade were both in tears on their way out of the centre. "It's everything I've dreamed about for years", Ciara said. "She's so happy she literally can't talk", Jade added.

Tickets to Justin Bieber's Irish tour sold out in less than eight minutes this morning.

Hundreds of fans had camped outside St. Stephen’s Green shopping centre to get their hands on the much-coveted tickets to his Dublin concert, with some fans queuing for up to 36 hours. 

Weary parents were spotted around the centre, queuing with their teenagers or coming by to drop off money and food.

Devoted dad Darren O’Mara spoke to the about camping with four teenage girls – his daughters and their friends - since 11pm on Wednesday.

“Thank God the weather was with us… it rained about six o’clock this morning but it’s good for the kids to get a feel of what it’s like to be homeless”.

He added that the campers were “in great spirits” this morning.

O’ Mara said that he could understand the “hysteria” around the pop star.

“The phenomenon of Justin Bieber is just astounding, really… we’re just delighted to get in the doors and get our tickets”. 

“This is the commotion for our Justin”, he joked. “We love him!”

Ciara Burtenshaw was the first in line to get her tickets this morning at 9.05am.  She began crying when the ticket desk opened and as she was handed her ticket, a cheer went up from the crowd as her best friends threw their arms around the crying teen. She told the Herald that she has loved Justin Bieber “since I was seven” because “he’s perfect”.

After getting the ticket, Ciara was “so happy she literally can’t talk”, according to best friend Jade O’Brien, who also secured tickets. “I’ve never been so happy in all my life”, she added.

Bieber announced yesterday that he would add a second date to his Dublin tour due to "phenomenal demand".

The Love Yourself singer will now play two Irish dates as part of his Purpose World Tour at the 3Arena in Dublin on 1 and 2 November 2016.

Tickets to the gig were being advertised for sale on various 'online ticket marketplaces' ahead of the official release with prices ranging from $403 (€365) to $818 (€742) each.

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