Circus turned away from Bundoran

A circus scrapped its appearance in a seaside town last night(Wed) because it couldn’t get council permission to use an emergency site.

Courtney Circus sought permission to use Bundoran town centre car park when a sodden field which was pre-booked proved unsuitable for crowd safety.

Circus bosses hoped they would be given a seafront car-park site which was used last month to tent a surf and music festival, Sea Sessions.

But council officials told them that site was needed for parking.

Wayne Courtney, a director of the circus, said that when they realised there would be a problem with the pre-booked site the circus asked council officials at 9.30 a.m. for an alternative site but were refused.

They had to abandon the Wednesday night show while they attempt to clean up a site, which was also soggy, beside the original one.

Bundoran town council chairman Philip McGlynn said there was a whole issue of health, safety and other considerations so he believe the officials couldn’t make the site available, even in an emergency, without prior council consideration.