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Croke Park residents already fuming over planned Garth Brooks concerts

Croke Park residents are already fuming over the multiple Garth Brooks concerts planned for next year.

The Dublin City Council recently granted permission for Garth to play the iconic stadium on September 9, 10 and 11 in 2022.

However, it’s understood the council has received an application for two more dates on September 16 and 17.

And with Ed Sheeran confirmed to play Croke Park on April 23, 2022 – residents may have to deal with six major concerts next year, which has sparked fury in the community.

This week, one resident told the Irish Sun: “It’s not about Garth Books or any other artist. The residents have no opinion about the choice of artist to play – it is purely about the number of concerts in each calendar year.”

“From what we understand there are currently six concerts planned for 2022.”

“The original planning permission was granted to allow a max of three concerts per year and the reason given was to contribute to the funding of the building of the new stadium. The stadium is now built 20 years ago.”


“The reason for the limit of three per year was to maintain the quality of life in a residential area.”

“When there is a concert it is like living next to a nightclub with 80,000 people attending,” they continued.

“The residents have a reasonable expectation that they should be able to live their lives next to a stadium that holds Gaelic sports events and a max of three stadium concerts per year.”

Back in 2014, Garth hoped to play five shows in Croker but Dublin City Council refused to grant a licence for two of the dates after receiving complaints from residents.

The country singer subsequently cancelled all his planned concerts at Croke Park, which caused uproar.

The entire situation was a massive disaster, as 400,000 fans had already purchased tickets for the gigs.

Back in 2018, Garth admitted cancelling those Croke Park gigs was the “saddest moment” of his music career.

During a Q&A with Garth at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Irish fan Karen Green asked if he was planning any Irish dates as part of his upcoming world tour.

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He replied: “When it comes to Ireland, first of all when that happened, probably the most devastating thing ever.”

“That’s probably the saddest moment of my musical career, was what happened in Dublin, right after probably the coolest moment of my music career, selling 400,000 tickets in one sitting.”

“To have to refund 400,000 tickets broke my heart. Not being allowed to play all five, I had to pick two to cancel. I said, ‘screw that, I’m not going to do that to these people’ so it was all or none.”

“I’ve been lucky enough to see the Irish flag at just about every concert that we’ve got to do here, so I thank them for making the miles over here and I hope it was worth it.”

“I will tell you this – I believe that things that start should finish so I have 100 per cent make the opportunity available to the people that make the decision in Ireland to get those shows back up and get them running again. If and when they say yes I will be there,” he added.


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