Limerick will be the first venue for a series of summer 'drive-in concerts' to kick start the entertainment and live gig industry when Covid-19 restrictions allow towards the end of July.

Irish singer songwriter Gavin James will be the headline artist earmarked for drive-in concerts at Limerick, Cork, Waterford and Kilkenny from 24 July.

It is the first time these types of concerts will be held in Ireland.

The first concert will take place at a specially designated site at Limerick's Dock road with two concerts at 4pm and 8pm.

Shows will follow at Cork's Show Ground on 31 July, at the Tramore Prom in Waterford on 7 August and at Gowran Racecourse in Kilkenny on 10 August.

The concerts will be strictly managed with a maximum of 300 cars admitted per concert, with occupants confined to four people per car and they must be from the same household.

No bars or alcohol will be allowed given it is intended to be a family-friendly event.

The event in Limerick is being organised by the Dolans Presents team along with Limerick City and County Council and Cooper Developments.

Mick Dolan, who runs the Dolan's pub and concert venue on Limerick's Dock Road, said the past few months had been a very difficult time for the music industry.

"We are facing into a summer period where the traditional festival offering and big gig line-ups just won't be happening.

"Limerick deserves something special and something unique to look forward to, so we have teamed up with the local authority to bring the concept of the drive-in concerts to Limerick," he said.