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Croke Park residents meet over Garth Brooks 2.0

Croke Park residents will meet with stadium bosses and promoters later over next year's planned c...
Jack Quann
Jack Quann

07.57 30 Sep 2021


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Croke Park residents meet over Garth Brooks 2.0

Jack Quann
Jack Quann

07.57 30 Sep 2021


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Croke Park residents will meet with stadium bosses and promoters later over next year's planned concerts at the Dublin stadium.

It is expected US country singer Garth Brooks will try to play five gigs at the GAA venue in 2022.

Dublin City Council has granted a licence for three gigs in September, with an application lodged for a further two.

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Meanwhile British singer Ed Sheeran will play two concerts at Croke Park in April.

Former Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring, who will attend the meeting, told Newstalk Breakfast he is glad to see such early engagement.

"I think this is probably the first of a series of meetings that are going to happen.

"The announcement has been made that it's hoped to have five concerts next September - it's a year out.

"So giving credit to the GAA and the promoters, at least this time there is engagement and consultation."

He says issues such as traffic management will be discussed.

"It's a process and the promoter has to get permission from Dublin City Council, and local residents will have an opportunity to object if they want to object.

"But I think in terms of the overall assurances, it mainly revolves around traffic management - and it is over two weekends, which is better.

"The All-Ireland Football and Hurling Finals are moved into August and even July next year, so it does leave those two weekends in September free.

"People really are concerned that, with 80,000 people for five days or five nights, is going to have a disruptive effect.

"And it's a question of being able to get in and out of your house.

"We've heard the phrase 'prisoners in their own homes' - and if people feel that that could happen we have to address that now, and look at how that can't happen".

And he says while 1,000 tickets ring-fenced for local residents is a bonus, it is not all that it seems.

"1,000 tickets might sound like a lot, but if you look look at the immediate area there's probably about 25,000 people within a one kilometre radius of Croke Park - so everybody isn't going to get a ticket.

"I got an e-mail with an offer of tickets for Ed Sheeran, which I took up.

"That's something small, and it's a nice gesture - and make no mistake people are grateful for that - but it's a much bigger picture.

"We're not greedy and just want free tickets all the time; we have to pay for those tickets, by the way".

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Main image: Composite image shows Garth Brooks performing in Glendale, Arizona in March 2019 and a general view of Croke Park before an RBS 6 Nations match in February 2009. Picture by: USA TODAY Network/SIPA USA/PA Images/Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive/PA Images

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