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Friday 22 March 2019

Cautious welcome for sixth Malahide concert

Mumford and Sons confirmed to play at Malahide Castle this summer, making it six gigs at the castle this year in all.
Mumford and Sons confirmed to play at Malahide Castle this summer, making it six gigs at the castle this year in all.

The announcement of a sixth gig in Malahide Castle this summer, in the shape of Mumford & Sons was cautiously welcomed by local community activist James T. Doyle.

Acknowledging the boost these events bring to the area, James also noted that the over-commercialisation of Malahide Demesne was a concern.

He said: 'Malahide Castle and grounds are a fantastic public amenity for local residents and visitors alike.

'The facilities have been greatly developed by Fingal County Council and Shannon Heritage into a top class attraction over the past number of years.

'The revenue generated from tourists and concerts contribute to the council's ability to provide other services for Fingal residents.'

James continued: 'In 2017, Malahide Castle played host to two concerts.

'In 2018, there were four concerts.

'This year there are six. Clearly the number of events is escalating year on year.

'While the economic benefit to local businesses is very welcome, we should not forget that the castle grounds are not a commercial enterprise.'

He added: 'It is vitally important that our public facilities are not lost to or diminished by over-commercialisation.'

The local community activist, concluded: 'I'm not against concerts in the castle grounds and look forward to attending one or two myself.

'However I would urge the officials who make these decisions to be mindful of the level of commercialisation of our great public amenity, and ensure a balanced approach is maintained.'

The six concerts will take place at the castle this summer.

Fingal Independent

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