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Dublin councillor says 'we're not greedy' as 1,000 Garth Brook tickets reserved for Croke Park locals

Cllr Ring said that while the 1,000 ticket allocation is a good start in the engagement with residents, they still have to pay for them.

Dublin elitists can’t understand why Garth Brooks is so popular. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

Former Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring has insisted “we’re not greedy” as it was revealed 1,000 Garth Brook tickets have been set aside for locals living near Croke Park.

Cllr Ring said that while the 1,000 ticket allocation is a good start in the engagement with residents, they still have to pay for them.

“It might sound like a lot, but if you 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,” he told Newstalk Breakfast.

“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."

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

Country music star Garth Brooks is playing Croke Park

It is expected that the US country singer will try to play five gigs at GAA HQ next year.

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

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

"I think this is probably the first of a series of meetings that are going to happen,” Cllr Ring added.

"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.

"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."

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