Ireland: You schedule a concert on a Sunday and you're blamed for everything from disregarding the state religion to being in league with a Jewish conspiracy. There's a nice line in tin foil beanies available to block out the government's mind control rays that should take care of this complaint.
Pop diva Madonna has come under fire from Christians in Ireland after it was confirmed she would play her first ever Irish concert on a Sunday.
Madonna is due to play Slane Castle, 30 miles (50 km) north of Dublin, on Sunday, August 29, the castle's owner Lord Henry Mount Charles confirmed.
He denied that Madonna, who has developed an interest in Jewish mysticism recently, had refused to play on Saturday because it is the Jewish Sabbath.
It is the only date and day feasible,he said on Friday.
But Joe Deegan, Slane's parish priest, said the decision was insensitive in a country where 90 percent of the population is Roman Catholic.
The Lord's Day for a lot of people around this part of the world is Sunday and it seems a bit inconsiderate and insensitive that our religious beliefs are not taken into account,he told RTE state radio on Friday.
The last time Slane Castle hosted a major concert on a Sunday — in 1984 when Bob Dylan played — it sparked riots.
I knew people would stir up memories of 1984,Lord Mount Charles said.
This year Bob Dylan is playing in Galway on Sunday, June 27. So if he can play there on a Sunday, I am puzzled why there is opposition to Madonna playing Slane on a Sunday.
Deegan said he was also concerned about the content of Madonna's notoriously raunchy stage show.
It's very sexually provocative,he said, adding, however, that he would probably go to concert, whenever it was staged, because he enjoyed Madonna's music.
Madonna sparks Irish ire with Sunday concert - Reuters, 9th April 2004.