Event Safety

The collective breadth of the experience, qualification and passion of both our full-time Team and our Event Team is what has made us the industry leaders in Event Safety in Ireland. This hasn't happened by accident. We dedicate a lot of time and resources to ensure we're applying international best-practice and guidance to everything we do.

We also understand the importance of both experience and the qualifications to underpin that experience. 

Among our full-time Team:

  • Mark is currently studying an MSc in Crowd Safety & Risk Analysis
  • Mags, Martin and Mark each hold a Diploma in Crowd Science & Risk Analysis
  • Mags and Mark hold international qualifications in Spectator Safety Management 
  • Martin is currently pursuing his Spectator Safety Management qualification
  • Mags holds both a Higher Diploma in Safety, Health & Welfare at Work and a Certificate in Safety, Health & Welfare
  • Martin, Mags and Mark are members of the International Institute for Risk & Safety Management (IIRSM)
  • Mags is a member of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH)
  • Mark, Mags and Martin have attended courses in Temporary Demountable Structures at the Emergency Planning College in the UK
  • Mags has also attended courses in Working in Safety Advisory Groups, Crowd Dynamics and Crowd & Public Safety Management at the Emergency Planning College in the UK
  • Mark worked as a Safety Advisor at Glastonbury
  • Mark & Mags worked in Safety Management at the London Olympics 2012, working at the 400+ acre Eton Dorney site, the largest of all the Olympic venues
  • We have devised and delievered bespoke Event Safety training for a range of clients
  • Mark contributes a regular Event Safety column to the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) magazine 
  • We have over 60 years experience in events, specialising in Event Safety

Our Event Team (part-time):

  • are all Garda-vetted
  • all undergo our Core Skills training program, which sees them trained in Event Safety, First Aid, Fire Safety, Manual Handling, Disability Awareness, Volunteer Engagement, Traffic Management: Direct, Control & Divert & Child Protection.
  • are vastly experienced across a wide range of event roles 
  • regularly operate as a Safety Management Team on large public events
  • 5 of the Event Team each hold a Diploma in Crowd Science & Risk Analysis
  • One of the Event Team holds an MSc in Occupational Health & Safety & Ergonomics

Recent events on which we worked in an Event Safety capacity include:

  • Glastonbury 2016
  • Irish Maritime Festival 2016
  • Dublin Pride 2016
  • Flavours of Fingal 2016
  • HealthFest 2016
  • Multiple St. Patrick Day Parades 2016
  • Christmas Under The Clock 2015
  • Cork Science Festival 2015
  • Dublin Marathon 2015
  • Race Series 2015
  • Kodaline in a Castle 2015
  • Battle for the Lake 2015

We have dual specialities in here, both in Event Safety and in running events ourselves, so we know where the middle ground is. 

We know what’s reasonable and what’s not. We’re not just throwing safety rulebooks around and making your life tough. 

We’re there to make your life easier and to take away the worry about the safety stuff. Ask any of our clients. That’s exactly what we do for them. 

We're leading the way

Our Co-Founder & Senior Partner, Mark, was named Safety Officer of the Year at the Event Industry Awards 2014.

The other half of Cuckoo, Martin, was also a finalist in the same category.

Mags in here was ALSO a finalist in the same category. 

There were 4 finalists in that category and 3 of them were Cuckoo people. 

The 3 of us were finalists in the same category in 2015 too along with Rob, one of our Event Team members. 

We are at the forefront of Event Safety here in Ireland. 

 

Our Event Safety Services

We provide a wide range of services in Event Safety including the following:

  • Event Management Planning
  • Event Risk Assessments
  • Safe capacity calculations
  • Safety Consultancy
  • Transport Management
  • Medical Management Planning
  • Event Licence Applications
  • Site Suitability Evaluation
  • Site-specific Method Statements
  • Statutory Agency Liaison
  • Court appearances (in support of licence applications etc.)
  • Bespoke Event Safety Documentation (Race Route Safety Checklists etc.)
  • Event Controller
  • Safety Officer
  • Project Supervisor Construction Stage (PSCS) Staff 
  • Event Management Staff
  • Transport Management Staff
  • Project Management
  • Procurement Management
  • Event Safety Review
  • Post-Event Report
  • Detailed Debrief
  • Insurance

Call us.

We make Event Safety less of a headache.

what we've done in Event Safety

'We were very happy with what Elaine and the Team in Cuckoo did for us at Baldoyle and look forward to working with them on the upcoming Blanchardstown event.'

Paul Barnes, Events Officer, Fingal County Council

Fiestaval was an amazing event to be part of. Run & organised by a number of food & restaurant businesses local to Temple Bar, it was a great 2 days of family fun and good food. 

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

Tara Regan, Programme Manager, National Dairy Council

'Working with the Cuckoo crew is a pleasure, privilege and a masterclass of fine work and not only we plan to do much more with them but we highly recommend Mark and Mags and all their team for any size event you plan.'

Francois Colussi, Pure Magic Events

The Christmas Under the Clock activity on O'Connell Street in the run up to Christmas 2015 was absolutely magical and we are delighted to have been part of it. From the aerial performances to the puppet shows, everything worked as planned and was enjoyed as we'd all hoped. 

'Over the course of the event we benefited from Cuckoo’s professional perspective and will be implementing more improvements in 2016 based on their recommendations. Engaging Cuckoo Events was excellent value for the input they made to improving Cork Science Festival both in 2015 and into its second decade. I have no hesitation in recommending Cuckoo Events, and I hope to work with them again.'

Marcela Whelan-Kelly, Coordinator, Cork Science Festival

'Our relationship with Mags Connelly and Cuckoo Events has benefited the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon and Race Series by producing Event Management Plans to the highest standards. The work was above and beyond what we could have expected in a short time frame.'

Jim Aughney, Race Director, SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon

This was one of the most intimate and amazing gigs we've worked on. A Kodaline concert for around 200 fans in a beautiful old castle that was quite challenging to make happen but so worth it in the end. 

'Cuckoo Events’ experience, professionalism and commitment to ensuring a vibrant and safe event were vital to our festival's success.'

Ernie Brenner, 'Malahide Has It' Festival

'This is the 2nd year we've had the Team from Cuckoo in looking after the Transport Management for Flavours. Not only did we have ZERO complaints about any traffic delays, we actually had some local residents go out of their way to let us know that they had no issues.'

Paul Barnes, Fingal County Council Events

'Cuckoo looked after the licensing and Event Management Planning for the One Day International Cricket match between Ireland and England in Malahide. As usual, they delivered.'

Paul Barnes, Fingal County Council Events

'Cuckoo Events came highly recommended and we found their advice, many years of experience and help invaluable prior to and during the weekend of the Festival.'

Mary T Daly, Louth County Council

The Darkness Into Light events are truly special. The atmosphere at them is something we don't experience at any other events. We were delighted to be asked to help the committee run the one in Malahide Castle. 

This was our latest activation in Wolfe Tone Square. An element of the Polska-Éire Festival, which took place all around the country, it was a two-day free family fun event. It went ver ywell despite the weather's attempts to scupper it on the first day. 

'We found Mags' experience and knowledge invaluable in helping us through this year's Dublin Bay Prawn Festival. It added greatly to the professionalism of the event and I can highly recommend her work and Cuckoo Events for safety / operations management of any large leisure event.'

Aoife Healy Chair, Visit Howth Peninsula Ltd and Dublin Bay Prawn Festival.

"The Cuckoo 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 there so much easier."

Paul McGlade Jnr, Owner, Pygmalion

"We required an event management company who were versatile, willing to try something new and had a very strong emphasis on organisation and safety. I'd happily recommend Cuckoo. They help make it all happen, while ensuring everything is done the right way."

Mark Jacobs, Co-Founder & CFO, Youth Nation

"Time and time again the Cuckoo Events team prove their value for us down in UL, and it's easy to justify the additional spend for the added value they bring to the table."

Keith Quinlan, Promotions & Events Manager, UL Students’ Union

"We decided to work with Cuckoo on this event because their proposal best matched our objectives. The event was a great success and was well managed."

Clyde Carroll, Director of Marketing & Communications, DublinTown

"Thank you so much for all your hard work & support. You made things really straightforward."

Zoe Kavanagh, CEO, National Dairy Council

"This year Bray Air Display worked with Cuckoo Events. Their input and professionalism ensured the success of the event."

David Forde, Deputy Festival Director, Bray Summerfest

'The whole team went above and beyond what we asked and we would highly recommend them and look forward to working with them again.'

Mick Glynn, Festival Director, Bray Summerfest

"I received great feedback from the statutory bodies afterwards regarding the Cuckoo team and their professionalism. I continue to have the utmost confidence in Cuckoo Events to deliver a competent team and a calm team leader!"

Margaret Connelly, Event Controller, Flavours of Fingal

"Cuckoo were the obvious choice to work with us on the Mother Bloc Party event again this year. They understand the event and the venue and they invest themselves in making sure it's a success."

Cormac Cashman, Promoter, Mother

This was the first time this audience interaction aerial show has been in Ireland. We were delighted to be providing Event Controller and Safety Officer for the run of sold out shows in Limerick. 

The Darkness Into Light events are truly special. The atmosphere at them is something we don't experience at any other events. We were delighted to be asked to help the committee run the one in Malahide Castle. 

"We tasked Cuckoo with the organisation and management of the production elements of the event in Malahide. It was all organised without any headaches or dramas."

Paul Barnes, Fingal County Council Events

'Cuckoo worked with us on our Brian Boru events and we were glad to have them. Their presence helped ensure all went off without a hitch.'

Paul Barnes, Fingal County Council Events

'Once again Cuckoo provided a number of our Senior Safety personnel for the parade in Swords. It's hard to imagine doing these events without having Cuckoo there with us.'

Paul Barnes, Fingal County Council Events

To kick off its 20th Anniversary Tour, Riverdance did a run of shows in the University of Limerick. We Event Controlled it and enjoyed every single minute of it. 

This was a phenomenal event with multiple elements to launch Limerick City of Culture and to celebrate New Years Eve 2013. The atmosphere around Limerick was something special. 

We've done a few sold out gigs in Powerscourt at this stage and we're learning from each one. This was an unreal show. 

"We would highly recommend Cuckoo and look forward to working with them again - we'll miss them!"

Rachel & Marie, Babytalk / Curious Design

"Cuckoo were great to deal with and Martin and Marian were invaluable on the night of the gig."

Ryan Barrett, Abstract Agency

The Ploughing Championships is an enormous event. With over 200,000 people visiting over the course of the week, getting the opportunity to work with one of the biggest exhibitors there, The National Dairy Council, was great for us!

"Having the team from Cuckoo involved in the event was great. They just got stuck in and did whatever needed doing to make the event work. I definitely plan on having them involved again next year."

Event Organiser, Private Halloween Charity Event

"We needed the Olympic Torch Run to run smoothly. Cuckoo were a huge part in us winning the award from the International Olympic Committee."

Paul Barnes, Fingal County Council Events

"With Cuckoo you get more than you pay for. I will most definitely be looking to involve them in Sea Sessions again next year."

Ray O’Donoghue, Promoter, Sea Sessions

"They're more than 'safety people'. Their experience in running events means they know how things work in the real world and the lads are sound."

Cormac Cashman, Promoter, Mother

"The team at Cuckoo Events were invaluable to us in running ECC 2013 in Dublin. With over 1200 people to move and look after on a daily basis, I really don't think we could have gotten better event organisers than Cuckoo. They came very well recommended and we genuinely could not have run the event without them."

Gary Foran, ECC Dublin 2013

Thoughts from Cuckoo HQ