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The Croke Park Residents Association says Garth Brooks is welcome to the area but only for three nights.

It’s believed talks are at an advanced stage for the country music legend to play at least three gigs in Croke Park next September.

There's been no official announcement or confirmation about the plans yet.

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It comes seven years after he had to pull out of five consecutive dates at the venue because of issues over the licence.

Despite tickets for all five gigs selling out, Dublin City Council ultimately said they'd only given a licence for three dates.

Officials said they would be concerned over the precedent five nights-in-a-row would set.

Garth Brooks himself ultimately cancelled the Dublin dates, saying he'd only be willing to play the full five gigs or none at all.

Three concerts a year are allowed at Croke Park, and organisers then have to apply for a licence for any further gigs.

Patrick Gates from the Croke Park Residents Association says nobody wants a repeat of 2014.

He said: "We don't mind Garth Brooks coming - we'd welcome him. Croke Park are entitled to three concerts: if they want to have Garth Brooks for those three concerts, I don't think residents would have any problem.

"But any more than three concerts... certainly that's a real cause for concern for the residents.

"It's just because Croke Park seems to be incapable of properly managing the events outside their stadium - it causes all sorts of problems in terms of public order."

He said there have been problems with anti-social behaviour in the area, linked to recent matches at the stadium.

He stressed it is all still rumours at this stage, and they haven't had any consultation with Croke Park about what is and is not planned.

If confirmed, Garth Brooks concerts next year would be the country music star's first time to play in Ireland since 1997.

Reporting by Stephanie Rohan and Stephen McNeice
Main image: Garth Brooks. Picture by: Lora Olive/Zuma Press/PA Images

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