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Bog-rudgery Garth Brooks has revealed a new level of begrudgery in our society

I came across a whole new sub genre of classic Irish begrudgery after it was reported that Garth Brooks has resuscitated his 2014 five-in-a-row Croke Park dream.

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Country music star Garth Brooks is playing Croke Park

Country music star Garth Brooks is playing Croke Park

Country music star Garth Brooks is playing Croke Park

Rightly or wrongly, Ireland has earned a reputation as being a nation of begrudgers.

Just ask Bono, who memorably once explained the phenomenon to chat show host Conan O'Brien, by trotting out the threadbare parable of two men looking up at a big house on a hill, one vowing to own a palace just like it some day - the other, to get the jammy git that lives there.

Well, this week, I came across a whole new sub genre of classic Irish begrudgery after it was reported that Garth Brooks has resuscitated his 2014 five-in-a-row Croke Park dream.

I'm calling it bog-rudgery, after - let's face it - mostly city dwellers once more failed to wrap their heads around how the Stetson-wearing, geetar-plucking Oklahoman, could possibly pack out the hallowed grounds not once, not twice, but five times to 400,000 baying boggers.

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Garth Brooks fans in 2014 supporting his five nights at Croke Park.

Garth Brooks fans in 2014 supporting his five nights at Croke Park.

Garth Brooks fans in 2014 supporting his five nights at Croke Park.

Channelling the 'mind blown' emoji, first to get the cowboy boot in was Matt Cooper, who took to Twitter to reel: "Seriously? Is he that popular? Still? Really? 400,000 people. I know some people will go on multiple nights but come on?"

I can only assume the Today FM presenter wasn't among the fans who last belted out Friends in Low Places during his three-night whammy at Croker in 1997, or queued for days in the cold and rain to snaffle a ticket to the country crooner's ill-fated return almost two decades later.

While news of the re-arrival of Bruce Springsteen - a man who, frankly, is on the road more often than tarmac - to the capital next year was tweeted with joy, poor old 'Gareth' was experiencing less of a comeback than a 'f*** off' among detractors still traumatised by the original #Garthgate - and it's not because they're so concerned about residents' eardrums or even licensing rules.

Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Grammy Award winner and the best-selling solo artist in US history, 'Brew-kes' - as true culchies will insist on calling him - has many strings to his signature GB7C Takamine guitar, but the effortless cool of The Boss isn't one of them.

Throw in a 'River' of naff check shirts and light-wash jeans, and the music snobbery is turned up to 11, with one critic this week describing those again guaranteed to clamour for tickets as "event junkies".

Ireland AM didn't exactly help matters by running a segment on how to brush up on your line dancing ahead of the proposed gigs.

Like most culchie children of the '90s, I grew up in a house with The Dance on hard rotation - sometimes, I still wake up in the middle of the night to the sound of that tinkly piano intro, while trying to shake the memory of the whole Chris Gaines episode.

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Hopefully, the 59-year-old's vocals have improved since his wobbly performance of Amazing Grace at US president Joe Biden's inauguration earlier this year.

Either way, it won't stop country folk from flocking to Croke Park next year for the ultimate box step down memory lane - that's if any of the controversial gigs get the go ahead.

Blame it all on my roots, but I'll be there with bells on - and feck the 'bogrudgers'.

Lots of people were very upset by news this week that Dublin's Olympia Theatre is set to be renamed the 3Olympia Theatre as part of a new eight-year sponsorship by Three Ireland.

It's hardly up there with Marathon being renamed Snickers or Kanye West becoming Ye, is it?

If the cash injection keeps the doors open, then I'm all for it. It's not like we're not going to keep calling it d'Olymp-ya anyway.

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3Olympia

3Olympia

3Olympia

Nicki Minaj hit headlines this week after claiming the Covid vaccine could damage men's swimmers.

Urging fans to ensure they're "not bullied" into getting the jab, the WAP singer cited her "cousin's friend in Trinidad", who "became impotent" after being vaccinated against the virus.

"His testicles became swollen," she told her 22.7m followers on Twitter.

"His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding."

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Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj

After being publicly shut down by a string of medical experts, including Dr Anthony Fauci, the 38 year-old compared America's cancel culture to communist China.

I'm a fan of her music - but she really does talk a load of balls sometimes.

One person who looks like she can't wait for Garth's Croker gigs is Jennifer Lopez.

The 52-year-old wowed in a daring cowgirl-inspired get-up by Ralph Lauren at Monday night's Met Gala, themed 'In America: A Lexicon of Fashion'.

It's certainly spurred me on to go back to the gym.

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