Three days after playing landmark concerts in Knebworth in England, Manchester rock band Oasis came to Ireland to play two outdoor concerts in Pairc Uí Chaoimh in Cork.

Tens of thousands of music fans from all corners of Ireland converged on Cork City to see one of the biggest bands of the Britpop era. Last minute buses were laid on to ensure nobody was left behind as trains were full to capacity.

Support band The Bootleg Beatles warmed up the 40,000 fans awaiting the five member super-group to take to the stage. Security surrounding the concerts has been tight and the arrival of the bad was shrouded in secrecy.

For Clinton it was strict, for Yeltsin it was bad, but they were nothing compared to this, no one gets in without the right ticket.

Bucking the trend is Sister Mary Francis who managed to get into the venue for free.

An RTÉ News report by Flor McCarthy broadcast on 14 August 1996.

In anticipation of the Cork concerts journalist Ken O’Shea explains why Oasis have captured the imagination of the 70,000 fans eager to see them play in Pairc Uí Chaoimh.

A ‘Morning Ireland’ report by Áine Lawlor broadcast on 13 August 1996.