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Country music star Garth Brooks is playing Croke Park

Country music star Garth Brooks is playing Croke Park

Ed Sheeran is also including Pairc Uí Chaoimh and Thomond Park in his 2022 tour.

Ed Sheeran is also including Pairc Uí Chaoimh and Thomond Park in his 2022 tour.

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Country music star Garth Brooks is playing Croke Park

American country superstar Garth Brooks looks set to play several Irish stadium concerts next year - including one show at Croke Park that will be live-streamed to cinemas around the world.

Insiders say Garth is looking at performing a similar Irish circuit to Bruce Springsteen's 2013 tour that included Limerick's Thomond Park, Cork's Pairc Uí Chaoimh and Nowlan Park in Kilkenny.

Ed Sheeran has also just announced a 2022 nationwide tour playing Pairc Uí Chaoimh and Thomond Park, as well as Belfast's Boucher Road, the latter being another option for Brooks. 

"I'm told that Garth is keen to broadcast his Croker concert to fans outside of Ireland because his previous shows here were just incredible and he wants to show it to the world," a source told the Sunday World.

Garth, one of the biggest-selling live music artists of all time, has been performing all over America, playing to 60,000 and 70,000 fans per night since 2014. That tour was due to be launched after his five sold-out nights at Dublin's Croke Park.

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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.

 

Brooks had planned to film his Irish shows - on a spectacular custom-made stage for Croker - for a TV special that was to be aired coast to coast in America.

The Friends In Low Places singer, who has Irish connections on his mother's side, told the Sunday World in an interview some years ago that his three concerts at the old Croke Park venue in 1997 were the personal highlight of his career - even though he played a legendary show at New York's Central Park that year.

"Our crown jewel in our concerts has to be Central Park - that's what we'll be remembered for" Garth said. "But what I would love people to remember as the greatest show on earth was those three nights in Croke Park. That was a religious experience."

Ireland has always been Brooks' biggest market per capita outside of America - and he was looking forward to showing off the 2014 Irish gigs to the folks back home. "You (Irish audiences) are so great on camera," he explained. "And you sing so much on pitch (singing), everything is perfect. I have very big memories (of the '97 Croker concerts)."

Aiken Promotions have been working to get Garth to return to Ireland since the debacle over the five ill-fated Croker concerts seven years ago.

It's understood that Brooks had been wary about committing to new concerts in this country because tickets are sold "subject to licence" - which means that the concerts might not be approved by the local authorities, leaving fans disappointed, as happened in 2014.

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Only three of those five concerts were approved - and Brooks was unfairly criticised for insisting that he would only perform if all five went ahead.

He was accused of being "greedy" and "arrogant", but it wasn't about the money for the country icon - he's worth an estimated €340 million and insists on a reasonable ticket price for his shows - Garth wanted all 400,000 fans who bought tickets to see the show.

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Bruce Springsteen could be looking to Croke Park as a venue for his concert.

Bruce Springsteen could be looking to Croke Park as a venue for his concert.

Bruce Springsteen could be looking to Croke Park as a venue for his concert.

 

Negotiations have been going on between Garth's management and Aiken Promotions in recent weeks - with the singer's manager Bob Doyle spotted in town - and now a new tour appears to be in place.

However, neither Aiken Promotions nor the singer's management have confirmed when and where Brooks will perform in Ireland in 2022, so the details are still subject to speculation.

With Bruce Springsteen coming to town next year, he is also likely to be looking at Croke Park as a venue for one or two shows, having played there in 2016. But he may opt for the RDS outdoor arena this time around.

As the GAA have an agreement with local residents around Croke Park for just three concerts a year, it's unlikely that there'll be five shows at the venue in 2022. However, there is also speculation that Garth might do two more shows at Croke Park in April 2023.

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Ed Sheeran is also including Pairc Uí Chaoimh and Thomond Park in his 2022 tour.

Ed Sheeran is also including Pairc Uí Chaoimh and Thomond Park in his 2022 tour.

Ed Sheeran is also including Pairc Uí Chaoimh and Thomond Park in his 2022 tour.

 

Garth's planned Irish tour will not be the first one undertaken by a members of the Brooks family as we can exclusively reveal how his singer daughter, Allie Colleen (25), secretly played at small venues here in 2017 and gave her famous father first-hand reports of the hospitality she received.

"She and a pal played at a few venues around Ireland, but she never told anyone who her famous dad was," a source tells us.

Among the venues she played was Downes pub in Waterford in July 2017 at an open mic night, and also busked on streets here. But she lost her phone and with it all her photographs.

"I lost all my pictures, but I...will never forget the beautiful grounds of Glendalough nor the thrills of Grafton Street or my Krystal from The George (famous Dublin gay club) ha ha."

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