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Councillor says local groups must be consulted if Garth Brooks' five nights in Croker approved

A meeting at the stadium to discuss the concerts is due to take place next week

Country music star Garth Brooks is playing Croke Park

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

All local groups must be engaged in discussions if Garth Brooks is to get the go ahead for five nights in Croke Park next year, a Dublin councillor has said.

Dublin city council has approved three nights of concerts in Croke Park next September, when it is expected that the country singing star will perform.

The council has that it has granted approval for concerts on 9, 10, and 11 September, 2022.

However, it has received an application for two more concerts on 16 and 17 September.

A meeting at the stadium to discuss the concerts is due to take place next week.

City Councillor Nial Ring says there is a year to sort everything out this time, adding: “My 85 year old mammy loves when there's things going on in Croke Park!"

Susan Mangan from Ballybough believes time has moved on since the five-in-a-row fiasco of 2014, saying: "We're coming out of some very dark times with Covid and everything.

"They've 12 months now, starting with sitting around that table next week to see what needs to be put in place.

"We need to make sure we don't have a repeat of seven years ago."

A meeting between management, residents and Aiken Promotions is due to take place on Thursday.

Croke Park has a licence to host three concerns per year and any move to hold more concerts, which require a planning submission, is likely to meet with opposition from residents’ associations.

They famously opposed Mr Brooks’ attempts to hold five concerts at the 80,000-seater venue in 2014 leading to him cancelling all five nights despite tickets selling out for the dates.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said this he would like to see Garth Brooks play in Cork next year after three concerts were approved for Croke Park in September 2022.

Speaking in New York, where he earlier chaired a meeting of the UN Security Council, Mr Martin said: “We could have a few in Cork as well, you know... absolutely yeah.”

Mr Martin said he “would actually” like to attend a Garth Brooks concert and said it was “great now that people are coming back to perform and that we have your concerts” following 18 months of the pandemic.

Speaking about the potential for conflict between the concert promoter, Croke Park and residents, Mr Martin would not be drawn on whether he plans to intervene as he called on one of his predecessors, Enda Kenny, to do in 2014

“Progress has been made over the years. I think Croke Park has learnt a lot in terms of its engagement with local residents, I think venues more generally now have far more proactive policies, working with local residents, to resolve issues and issues of significant concern," he said.

"That applies to sporting occasions as well as to concerts. People do need access to concerts and to iconic stars and that's something that we've always been good at in Ireland.”

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