Marlay concerts net €420,000 for county council
this year's Marlay Park concert line-up has netted Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council some €420,000.
The gigs, including Paolo Nutini's Dublin show with Imelda May (right) and the Longitude Festival, earned the council money that will be diverted into upgrades for south Dublin parks.
Fine Gael councillor and general election candidate Neale Richmond welcomed the boost to council funds.
"In Marlay Park alone this year, works have taken place to improve footpaths, upgrade Tamplin's Cottage, construct a new golf pavilion and carry out tree works," he said.
"All these works have been paid for by concert revenues.
"Understandably, receipts are down from last year, but they are still vital to recreational provision in our area," he added.
A new masterplan is due to be drawn up for the park soon and Mr Richmond is keen for a running track to be included to benefit those who attend weekly runs there.
The council also received 86 complaints about the gigs, down 54 on last year.