Ticket only on the quay for fire­works

Wexford People - - FRONT PAGE - By DAVID TUCKER

FIVE thou­sand free tick­ets are be­ing is­sued for those who wish to wit­ness at close quar­ters the open­ing night speeches of the Wex­ford Fes­ti­val Opera and the fire­works’ dis­play on the quayfront on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 19.

The free tick­ets, which will be is­sued from a va­ri­ety of venues from Satur­day (Oc­to­ber 14), will be on a first-come, first-served ba­sis and only peo­ple hold­ing them will be ad­mit­ted to the im­me­di­ate quayfront area.

Wex­ford Fes­ti­val Opera said that in the in­ter­ests of keep­ing num­bers at an ac­cept­able level, the tick­ets ‘will be re­quired to ac­cess the tra­di­tional main view­ing point on the quayfront for the speeches and the fire­works’.

Fes­ti­val chair­man Ger Lawlor said ‘we’ve been work­ing with the lo­cal author­ity to en­sure safety on the open­ing night on the Quays, which has the rail­way line on one side and the wa­ter on the other.’

Mr Lawlor said he was work­ing to en­sure that next year’s open­ing would be big­ger and bet­ter than this year’s.

The Fes­ti­val’s Me­dia Re­la­tions Man­ager El­iz­a­beth Rose Browne said that fol­low­ing talks with County Hall it was agreed to in­tro­duce, on a trial ba­sis, ‘th­ese new crowd-friendly ar­range­ments’ on the quay for this year.

She dis­missed re­ports that is­sues sur­round­ing a li­cenCe for the event had prompted the tick­et­ing de­ci­sion.

WEX­FORD’S 66th Opera Fes­ti­val will kick off in tra­di­tional style on the evening of Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 19, al­though you will need a ticket to get into the main quayfront view­ing area to watch the fes­tiv­i­ties.

A to­tal of 5,000 free tick­ets will be avail­able for the tra­di­tional main view­ing area on a first­come, first-served ba­sis.

The Fes­ti­val will be of­fi­cially opened by the Chair of the Arts Coun­cil Sheila Pratschke, fol­lowed by the tra­di­tional fire­works dis­play over Wex­ford Har­bour.

The fes­ti­val open­ing will get un­der way at 7.15 p.m. with an ad­dress by the Mayor Coun­cil­lor Jim Moore, and Chair­man of Wex­ford Fes­ti­val Ger Lawlor, fol­lowed by Ms Pratschke’s speech.

In re­sponse to the pop­u­lar­ity of this lo­cal author­ity sup­ported event, ‘crowd-friendly pro­ce­dures’ have been in­tro­duced to in­crease peo­ple’s com­fort and en­joy­ment of this com­mu­nity cel­e­bra­tion.

Fes­ti­val of­fi­cials said that ‘in the in­ter­ests of con­trol­ling num­bers at a com­fort­able level’, free tick­ets will be re­quired to ac­cess the tra­di­tional main view­ing point on the quayfront for the speeches and the fire­works.

The tick­ets will be avail­able from Satur­day (Oc­to­ber 14) from a num­ber of venues, in­clud­ing from the Na­tional Opera House, the Wex­ford Bor­ough Dis­trict Coun­cil of­fices on Spawell Road, the Wex­ford County Coun­cil of­fices in Car­rick­lawn, Wex­ford Arts Cen­tre in Corn­mar­ket, and the Spiegeltent Ticket Of­fice on South Main Street.

Just drop in to any of th­ese lo­ca­tions and col­lect your free tick­ets, which will be avail­able on a first- come, first-served ba­sis.

For those who de­cide to travel to the quay front for the speeches and fire­works, the usual traf­fic re­stric­tions into Wex­ford town and along the quay front will be in force as in pre­vi­ous years, with the quays closed to traf­fic from 6 p.m., and Wex­ford Bridge closed from 7 p.m. Both will re­open at 8 p.m.

Peo­ple who wish to view the fire­works from other ar­eas are en­cour­aged to visit other van­tage points in Wex­ford town, which will not re­quire a ticket, but will still pro­vide a spec­tac­u­lar view of the fire­works and are far more con­ve­nient to ac­cess, es­pe­cially for fam­i­lies with young chil­dren.

Th­ese of­fi­cially rec­om­mended van­tage points in­clude: Wex­ford Golf Course, Mul­gan­non; St Peter’s Col­lege, Sum­mer­hill (front car park) and Sars­fields GAA Club, in Park.

As in pre­vi­ous years the Ma­rine Of­fi­cer has is­sued a ves­sel ex­clu­sion zone no­tice for Wex­ford Har­bour on the night.

All skip­pers and ves­sel own­ers are re­quested to re­move their ves­sels from the ex­clu­sion zone from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m, with ac­cess to the Fer­ry­bank slip­way lim­ited to emer­gency ve­hi­cles only, and ac­cess to Fer­ry­bank Quay lim­ited to valid per­mit hold­ers only.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic are re­quested not to park on the Quay or on the ap­proach road.

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