Event Planning

The combined experience, qualifications & passion of both our full-time Team and our Event Team has seen us plan some amazing events for a wide range of clients.

What we do

We’ve successfully planned & run aerial shows over moving traffic, bonfires in the woods, full-size hot air balloons in Dublin city centre, air shows for 90,000+ people and a whole lot more. We know what we’re doing and we know how to make things happen.

We work with you to bring your event vision to life.

Some of what we do

  • Event Licence Applications
  • Event Management Plans
  • Comprehensive Risk Assessments
  • Capacity Calculations
  • Emergency Plans
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Method Statements
  • Site-Suitability Assessments
  • Site Drawings
  • DIM-ICE Matrices

Having attended events planned and managed by Safe Events, they were the obvious choice for us for Fever Pitch.

We wanted an experienced industry partner to help deliver the Festival and we felt from the first meeting that the Team in Safe Events would be just that. They guided us through the whole process. It wasn't always straightforward, for a variety of reasons, but the end result was superb.

We look forward to working with them again in the future. 

Patrick Drayne
Director
PFD Promotions Ltd.

We were delighted to have Safe Events working with us on the Wild Lights events.

A zoo is a complex environment at the best of times. When we decided to run the Wild Lights events we understood that utilising the zoo as an event site would come with challenges.

Safe Events worked closely with us and all our stakeholders to establish plans to ensure a safe site and fantastic experience for all our visitors.

Emma Kiernan
Marketing Manager
Dublin Zoo

Bray Air Display worked with Safe Events. Their input and professionalism ensured the success of the event.

David Forde
Deputy Festival Director
Bray Summerfest

Thank you so much for all your hard work & support at the Ploughing Championships. 

You constantly look to help out on all matters and make things really straightforward for the NDC.

Zoe Kavanagh
CEO
National Dairy Council

For the Jesuit community in Ireland, the Beatification Ceremony Event of the Venerable John Sullivan SJ marked a significant milestone. With over 2,000 people in attendance, a safe and enjoyable event for all was our objective.

I was very happy with the work of Safe Events, who ensured the safe ingress and egress of all pilgrims to the church, an outdoor walled garden space with temporary structures and the O’Reilly Theatre at Belvedere college.

The team at Safe Events wrote a detailed, and more importantly, specific, Event Management Plan along with pre-event and onsite coordination with An Garda Siochana and our security partners.

Happy to recommend their work and commitment to safe and enjoyable events for all.

Laura Phelan
Owner
Eventwise

The Safe Events Team worked with us on Love Sensation gig and, as usual, they got the job done. 

Everything from queueing to cloak room, from crowd flow to medical cover, they were on top of, like they always are.

They make running events in here so much easier and they work well with the retailers, the property managers, the insurance company and everyone who needs to be on board.

We are happy to have them.

Paul McGlade Jnr
Owner
Pygmalion

Our relationship with Mags Connelly and Safe Events has benefited the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon and Race Series by producing Event Management Plans to the highest standards. 

The process that Mags presided over helped transform our event planning to a unified, recurring plan. Today we are living the benefits as we have a clear vision of what our plans should contain.  

I consider Mags Connelly a reliable partner who has proven to be creative in problem resolution, reliable in time commitments, and overall consistent in meeting our expectations. The work was above and beyond what we could have expected in a short time frame.

Jim Aughney
Race Director
Dublin Marathon

I am very conscious of ensuring every aspect of the event is as well planned for and managed as possible and I want to use competent and trustworthy contractors and suppliers that I can count on.

I personally received great feedback from the statutory bodies afterwards regarding the Safe Events / Cuckoo Events team and their professionalism.

I continue to have the utmost confidence in them to deliver a competent team and a calm team leader.

Paul Barnes
Events Officer
Fingal County Council

I highly commend Safe Events for the job they did on our festival. It was an absolute pleasure to work with Mags, Mark, Martin, Elaine and the entire team. 

It was obvious from the outset that Cuckoo were engaged and understood the subtleties and special nature of our event, while coping with the large numbers it attracts.

They were always willing and able to listen and take our needs on board, and were proactive and flexible in their approach. I can't wait to work with Safe Events again, and am delighted to recommend them for any occasion.

Jason Flynn
Chairperson
Dublin LGBTQ Pride Ltd.

Safe Events provide a number of our Senior Safety personnel for the parades in Swords and Blanchardstown each year. With over 20,000 spectators to keep safe at each event, plus all the participants, it's vital for us that we have experienced and reliable eyes on the ground to ensure all runs right.

The Safe Events Team integrates seamlessly with us at this stage and it's that level of familiarity and shared understanding that helps us host large events safely in the Fingal area.

It's hard to imagine doing these events without having Safe Events there with us.

Paul Barnes
Events Officer
Fingal County Council

We engaged Safe Events as soon as we knew Bremore Castle was to be the venue for this Kodaline event. It's a castle being restored and is not a venue in the traditional sense. 

Safe Events worked with us to very quickly establish if it would work and how it would work. They assessed and addressed the hazards and risks and proceeded to develop an EMP that would see the event go ahead within the timeframe available. 

They worked with us on the night to implement the EMP and the event was amazing. I can't imagine it being as special in a 'traditional' venue. Bremore Castle was the perfect venue for it.

Paul Barnes
Events Officer
Fingal County Council

I had the pleasure of working with Cuckoo Events / Safe Events for a food festival in Temple Bar.

Boy, was I glad I had them by my side, from start to finish, they minimised my stress while ensuring that we had a safe, fun event.

I will definitely use their services again and have recommended them to others.

Kevin O'Toole
Proprietor
Chameleon Restaurant

Cricket Ireland brought Safe Events on board to look after the licensing and Event Management Planning for the One Day International Cricket match between Ireland and England in Malahide. They worked closely with ourselves in Fingal County Council and all stakeholders to ensure the event was safe and successful. 

Mags, in particular, was invaluable during the entire process, ensuring all elements of the build and break were conducted safely. Having such an experienced Safety Officer oversee the whole thing takes the pressure off.

As usual, Safe Events delivered for us.

Paul Barnes
Events Officer
Fingal County Council

Cuckoo / Safe Events achieved a difficult balance, ensuring that the health & safety of all attendees was a priority, while providing a fun-filled, informative day out for the students with lots of engaging activities.

The event was a great success, in no small part thanks to the Cuckoo / Safe Events Team and particularly Elaine. The continuous communication in the run up to the event was invaluable and they were always on hand to help with any last minute queries or requests.

 

Tara Regan
Programme Manager
National Dairy Council

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Case Studies What we’ve done

LOUTH COUNTY COUNCIL

Large family festival on an operational port

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DUBLIN MARATHON & RACE SERIES

19,500 runners through 42km of Dublin

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ADD ENTERPRISE

60,000+ people across 4 days in Saudi Arabia

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EVENTWISE

Ireland’s 1st ever Beatification event

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CONFERENCE PARTNERS

Two-day event with one-day build & half-day break

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DUBLIN ZOO

200k people in the zoo over 47 nights, in the dark

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PFD PROMOTIONS LTD.

A brand new two-day festival in Galway Airport

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FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL

Kodaline performing in a unique castle venue

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DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL

Aerial performances & more on O'Connell St, Dublin

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HEALTHFEST

4,000 secondary school students in CityWest

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DUBLIN LGTBQ PRIDE LTD.

Huge parade & open-air event in Dublin city centre

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FLAVOURS OF FINGAL

Safely entertaining 50,000 visitors annually

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CRICKET IRELAND

Sold out international cricket match in Malahide

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NATIONAL DAIRY COUNCIL

Planning & management of large exhibition presence

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LIMERICK CITY OF CULTURE

15,000 people. 15 SOLD OUT shows. An old factory.

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ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADES

Audiences of 20,000+ with thousands participating

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PYGMALION

A Georgian building hosting some serious parties

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BRAY SUMMERFEST

88,000 people @ Ireland’s largest free air display

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FIESTAVAL

One-off local food festival in Temple Bar

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What we think

The Risks of Using Strobe Lighting at Events

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Calculating how many people can fit in your event is usually an extremely involved process that requires the expertise and experience of professionals. In these 4 short videos we seek to explain simply some of what's involved.

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