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A range of live music and entertainment events are being planned for June and July as part of government plans to trial a return to live events following the country’s Covid-19 restrictions. 

A comedy evening in Dublin’s Vicar Street, a one-day music festival in the Phoenix Park and opera events in Cork Opera House and University Limerick’s concert hall are part of Arts Minister Catherine Martin’s plans to trial the safe return of arts events this summer.

The ban on live music at a local level continues, with Fáilte Ireland’s guidelines for reopening the hospitality industry published last week, specifying that bars and restaurants have ‘no live or loud music’ of any description. 

While one local musician who did not wish to be named cited safety concerns for patrons keen to get back to dancing who could be swept up in the moment and forget social distancing, others were of the opinion that low-key, low volume live music to add atmosphere could safely be managed. 

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