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Ms Clayton at court. Photo: Collins Courts

Ms Clayton at court. Photo: Collins Courts

Ms Clayton at court. Photo: Collins Courts

A WOMAN who sued after allegedly slipping and fracturing her leg at a Rolling Stones concert at Slane Castle has withdrawn her case.

Nurse Victoria Clayton dropped it on the second day of the High Court hearing after the judge was given evidence from the concert site manager.

Her counsel, Noel MacMahon told Ms Justice Mary Irvine, who said withdrawal seemed to be a wise decision.

Ms Clayton had claimed in evidence that she was in immense pain after the fall, which happened before the Rolling Stones came out on stage at Slane in August 2007.

The nurse,from Portadown, Co Armagh, sued MCD Productions Ltd, of Park Road, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, and Corporate Solutions Group, of Gaskin Business Park, Coes Road, Dundalk , Co Louth.

She claimed that the defendants had been negligent with regards to the management and operation of the site and in its upkeep and maintenance at a live musical event.

She alleged that a sloping grassy bank had been permitted to become excessively wet and slippery, and that there had been a failure to provide a system whereby patrons could safely walk on the bank.

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The defendants rejected Ms Clayton's claims and argued that straw and mulch had been placed around the venue, and that they had provided gravel paths for people to walk on.

Earlier on in the hearing, the site manager for the concert at Slane, Tony Killeen, had said that in the lead-up to the event, the organisers were aware of the weather forecast, which predicted a lot of rain, so they stockpiled materials to soak up the moisture.

He also claimed that on the day itself, there had been 28 members to staff to spread the materials, if they were needed.

Mr Killeen further told the High Court that the land at Slane was well-drained farmland that did not get muddy everywhere as had been alleged.

And he also told the judge that the area was in a good condition on the day.

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