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Gig Is Up Croke Park locals would welcome Garth Brooks for three nights only

Rumours surfaced yesterday that the American country music star would play five gigs at Croke Park over two weekends in September 2022.

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Country music singer Garth Brooks (Niall Carson/PA)

Country music singer Garth Brooks (Niall Carson/PA)

Country music singer Garth Brooks (Niall Carson/PA)

The Croke Park Residents Association has said that they would welcome Garth Brooks to the stadium but only for three nights.

Rumours surfaced yesterday that the American country music star would play five gigs at Croke Park over two weekends in September 2022.

Three concerts are permitted at the Dublin venue each year, and organisers then have to apply for a licence for any further gigs.

It comes seven years after a licencing and planning dispute resulted in the singer cancelling five sold out shows at the stadium.

The last time around Dublin City Council had granted a licence for three shows in 2014, but Brooks pushed for five - causing a lot of anger among residents in the streets adjacent to the stadium who said they would be prisoners in their homes and forced to deal with excessive anti-social behaviour and noise.

Brooks then cancelled all five gigs, and approximately 400,000 ticket refunds were issued to disappointed fans.

While no official announcements have been made regarding the musician’s rumoured shows in Croke Park next year, locals have said that they don't want a repeat of 2014.

Speaking to Newstalk, Patrick Gates from the Croke Park Residents Association 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.”

If confirmed, Garth Brooks’ concerts next year would be the country music legend’s first time performing in Ireland since 1997.

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