Has the music died at Thomond Park?

first_imgEmail Previous articleAddict robbed to repay drug baronsNext articleAll to win or lose in mayoral election admin WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsHas the music died at Thomond Park?By admin – June 21, 2012 814 Linkedin Printcenter_img Facebook Advertisement Twitter QUESTIONS are being asked as to Thomond Park’s future as a concert venue, with a year having now passed since it last hosted a major music event.With  Elton John, Rod Stewart, Bob Dylan and Pink having played within 20 months of the stadium’s reopening in November 2008, after a €40 million plus investment, it was put on the international music venue map and viewed as a great asset to Limerick’s business and entertainment scene.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up With JLS the only act to perform in  2011, there have been no announcements of gigs this year, despite the promise of bigger and better acts in 2012.Meanwhile, Dublin, Cork and Galway, as well as smaller towns like Westport, have had an endless stream of concerts and festivals to bring in the punters.In October 2010, the Limerick Post expressed fears that Thomond Park had been put on hold as a concert venue.According to one local businessman, concerts  are worth much more than rugby matches in bednights and revenue to the city.“People make a weekend out of it when they are coming for a concert; they’ll visit restaurants and bars, which is a huge boost for the city as a whole”, Altaf Khan, general manager of the George Boutique, told the Limerick Post.“With rugby it depends on the result; fans might stay around if Munster win, but with the new road network ticket holders are more like to drive in and home again after the match. They can be back in Dublin in two hours.“It’s different with concerts, more groups  attend them and it’s a big celebration where they want to spend and enjoy themselves”.The Cranberries had been mooted to perform at Thomond Park,  but this has yet to come to fruition.Munster Rugby CEO Garrett Fitzgerald,  blamed the lack of income-boosting concerts as a contributing factor in the €1,052,000 debt at the Munster Branch for the year ending June 30 2012. The branch faced a higher than expected increase in interest rates on repayments to the IRFU on its loan to redevelop Thomond Park.“It is a Godsend and brings a massive boost when things are going well at Thomond Park but we need more gigs to put Limerick back on the map,” Mr. Khan concluded.Thomond Park management did not respond to requests for comment.last_img read more

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Football team en route to a match stops to save stranded dog from oncoming…

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CALIFORNIA-BRED GIMME DA LUTE SPRINGS SURPRISE IN GRADE III, $100,000 AFFIRMED STAKES AS BAFFERT & GARCIA TEAM FOR HALF LENGTH WIN; MIDNIGHT LUTE COLT GETS 1 1/16 MILES IN 1:41.40

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 7, 2015)–Bob Baffert’s Gimme Da Lute returned to Santa Anita and responded with a half length upset win in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Affirmed Stakes. Ridden by Martin Garcia, the California-bred colt by Midnight Lute outdueled favored Prospect Park through the lane en route to getting a mile and a sixteenth in 1:41.40.A disappointing third as the favorite in the six furlong Chick Lang Stakes at Pimlico May 16, Gimme Da Lute seemed to appreciate a return to familiar environs.“He’s a tough little horse,” said Baffert assistant Mike Marlow. “I think coming back to his home track helped a lot and short fields never hurt either.”The second choice in a field of four three year olds at 7-2, Gimme Da Lute paid $9.20 and $3.20 (no show wagering).Owned by his breeders, Mike Pegram Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, all three of Gimme Da Lute’s wins have come at The Great Race Place. His overall mark now stands at 6-3-1-2 and with the winner’s share of $60,000, he improved his earnings to $247,560.Idle since running fourth in the Grade I Santa Anita Derby April 4, Prospect Park appeared to be traveling comfortably throughout under Kent Desormeaux and was never more than 2 ½ lengths off the pace, which was set to the top of the lane by longshot Om. Off as the 3-5 favorite, Prospect Park paid $2.20 to place.“He felt great,” said Desormeaux, who has ridden the Pamela and Martin Wygod homebred to a pair of victories in his last four starts. “He had good energy. He just needed one!”Ridden by Fernando Perez, Om came off a gate to wire turf allowance win on May 10 and tired to finish third, 2 ½ lengths behind Prospect Park.Fractions on the race were 23.54, 46.51, 1:10.57 and 1:35.04.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. –30–last_img read more

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