Monday 19 March 2018

Councillor calls for free Kodaline gig in Swords


IF a local councillor gets his way, Swords band Kodaline could have a giant homecoming party next St. Patrick's Day playing on the Main Street in Swords.

Cllr. Darragh Butler (FF), a huge fan of the chart-topping group, has suggested the band could headline a free concert in their home town on St. Patrick's Day, next year.

Cllr. Butler has called on the council to extend the St Patrick's Day celebrations in Swords next year, leaving Main Street closed to traffic after the parade, so that a free concert could be hosted on the street.

He has also suggested bringing a new summer festival to Swords to rival the Soundwaves Festival in Skerries or Balbriggan's Summerfest.

Cllr. Butler said a free concert on St. Patrick's Day in Swords would make a 'brilliant festival, even better'.

He said that local businesses could contribute to the cost of staging the concert and he suggested Kodaline could headline the gig.

'Kodaline are playing in Belfast a few days before St Patrick's Day and they are playing the O2 in Dublin soon after,' he told the events section of Fingal County Council.

Events manager at the council, Paul Barnes said there was extra costs associated with a concert and he expressed concern about closing Main Street for that length of time on the day. But he said the council would look at the idea.

Cllr Butler's idea had widespread support among Swords councillors who also praised the events department for the work it does in the town already, particularly the staging of the Fingal 10k, the St Patrick's day events and plans next year to commemorate the 1,000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf with a spectacular Brian Boru festival in the county capital.

Fingal Independent