Finn Harps fans will be among the first in Ireland, for some time, to be able to attend a sporting event.
Under the next stage of easing Covid-19 restrictions, some large live music and sport events will be held in June under a pilot scheme.
Among these is the clash between Shamrock Rovers and ‘Harps in Tallaght Stadium on Friday, June 11, at which 1,000 lucky fans will be allowed to attend.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin has confirmed that from 7 June, 200 attendees will be allowed at outdoor events at venues with a capacity of over 5,000, with 100 permitted in smaller venues.
“There will also be a number of pilot sporting and cultural events taking place in June and early July, to test the logistical requirements for further reopening,” Martin said.
From 5 July, indoor events can return with a maximum of 100 attendees in larger venues and 50 in others, as well as an increase in the numbers attending outdoor events. (This does not include weddings, which have separate guidelines).
Attendance can increase again from 5 August, with indoor event audiences allowed to double to 200 in larger venues and 100 in smaller ones.
On 10 June, an outdoor music event with an audience of 500 is to be piloted in Iveagh Gardens, followed by an indoor opera in the UL Concert Hall on 23 June with 519 attendees.
On 26 June, two fully-seated events are set to take place – an outdoor music festival with 3,500 people in Phoenix Park and an indoor music performance event in INEC Killarney with 200.
Details are not yet available on securing tickets to the pilot events.