Spectators, concert goers allowed for two pilot events

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Concert goers and racing fans can get a foretaste of the return to normal with numerous events today.

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh in Co Kildare and a concert with Christy Moore in Killarney, Co Kerry are among a series of pilot events to test the easing of coronavirus restrictions.

A thousand spectators will travel to Ireland’s premier classic racing event – the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby – in Curragh today.

Of these, 50 were given free to frontline workers to show goodwill to those on the front lines in the fight against Covid-19.

While another 200 people are local Kildare residents, 300 have been fenced off for members of the Curragh Racecourse.

One of many music events planned for the summer and supported with government Covid-19 funding is the concert in Killarney, headed by Christy Moore.

Announcing this funding, Minister of Culture Catherine Martin said pilot events like this are “really important” to “help build this roadmap for a return to live music.”

All participants will be seated for the duration of the event.

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