Promoter of ‘chaotic’ teen disco insists tickets will be refunded

The promoter of a “chaotic” Junior Cert disco that saw hundreds of teenagers refused entry has insisted that all valid ticket holders will be refunded, amid complaints that monies have yet to be paid more than two weeks after the event.

Adam Courtney of Pineapple Entertainment Ltd yesterday said that those who had valid tickets to the event at the Clayton Silversprings Hotel on Thursday, June 18, will be informed of where they can collect their money shortly.

Hundreds of teens were left standing outside the hotel after security refused to admit more patrons in the midst of concerns that the venue had already reached capacity.

The fire brigade was then called after a number of teenage girls attending the event became stuck in the venue’s elevator.

Cork East Fine Gael TD Tom Barry, whose daughter attended the disco, described scenes outside the hotel on the night as “chaos”: “There were kids all over the crossover, the flyover, crossing the road; it was just manic. It was a safety issue all the way.”

The event’s capacity was subsequently the source of dispute between the hotel and promoter.

While Mr Courtney said that he had made 1,200 tickets available for the disco, a spokesperson for Clayton Silversprings Hotel insisted they had agreed to rent out the premises on condition that only 1,000 people would be admitted for the event.

While Mr Courtney promised ticket refunds in the aftermath of the event, teenagers and parents of teenagers who tried to attend have complained that they have yet to receive payment for the tickets, which cost up to €27 each.

“And still we wait for the JC ticket refunds.... Why do you continue to delete the comments Adam?” Adrienne Buckley posted to Pineapple Entertainment’s Facebook page.

“Adam, why have you not given the Junior Cert students their money back yet?” Jonathan Sherwin also wrote on the same page yesterday.

Speaking to the Irish Examiner yesterday, Mr Courtney said he was in the process of confirming a location where ticket holders could call in for their refunds.

“We have refunded the majority of online tickets and are now proceeding to physical ticket refunds.

“Our chosen venue and specific date/time will be mailed out as soon as we get confirmation back from the venue,” Mr Courtney told the Irish Examiner.


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