Slane-goers warned to beat traffic by bussing it
GARDAI have appealed for fans going to see Bon Jovi at Slane Castle today to beat the traffic jams by availing of public transport.
More than 50,000 tickets had been sold by last night and although the age profile of concert-goers is different to those expected at Eminem's concert in the same venue in August, the message from the gardai was the same.
"Afterwards, just get on the bus and then you are on your way from here, it is the only way to go," said Superintendent Michael Devine of Navan garda station yesterday.
While there will be parking for private cars available on most approach roads, only buses will be allowed to park on the Dublin road.
"For people driving from Dublin, the advice is to use the M1 and take the N51 from Drogheda to Slane. There will be parking on that side of the village," he added.
There will also be shuttle buses to the concert from Drogheda and Navan.
The other area of concern is the Boyne river, which runs through the Slane Castle estate at the back of the stage. It is sealed off from concert-goers and is being patrolled by the emergency services.
The first act on stage is Ham Sandwich at 3.30. The 'Voice of Ireland' judge Bressie takes over at 4.45 before The Coronas complete the warm-up in advance of Bon Jovi starting their performance at 8pm.
Slane Castle owner Henry Mountcharles confirmed that a €20,000 contribution would be made to Meath County Council as a result of the two concerts and "there is a written agreement that for every crowd in excess of 25,000 people that €10,000 goes to the council and it is earmarked for use in Slane".
He was responding to criticism that no contribution was made to the local community.