Nurse withdraws Slane Castle concert fall case

Victoria Clayton.
Victoria Clayton.

A Portadown woman who sued after allegedly slipping and fracturing her leg at a Rolling Stones concert at Slane Castle has withdrawn her case at the High Court.

Nurse Victoria Clayton withdrew on the second day of hearing after the judge was being given evidence from the concert site manager.

Her counsel Noel MacMahon told Ms Justice Mary Irvine his client was withdrawing her case and no further orders were required.

The judge said it seemed to be a wise decision.

In evidence, Ms Clayton said she was in immense pain after the fall which occurred just before the Rolling Stones came out on stage in the August 2007 gig at Slane.

“I missed it all,” she told the court.

Ms Clayton of Clounagh Lane sued MCD Productions, Park Road, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, and Corporate Solutions Group, Gaskin Business Park, Coes Road, Dundalk, Co Louth, over the accident at Slane Castle on August 18, 2007.

She claimed the defendants were negligent in the management and operation of the site and in its upkeep and maintenance during a live musical event.

She claimed a sloping grassy bank was permitted to become excessively wet and slippery and there was a failure to provide some system whereby patrons could safely and securely negotiate the bank.

The claims were denied. It is argued straw and mulch was placed around the venue and there were gravel paths to walk on.

The site manager at Slane for the concert, Tony Killeen, said in the lead-up to the event the organisers were aware of the weather forecast which predicted a lot of rain and materials such as straw and mulch had been stockpiled.

On the day, he said there were 28 staff to spread it, if it was needed.

He said it was not muddy everywhere as alleged and there were patches of mud which were spread with straw and mulch.

The site was in good condition on the day, he said.