Sunday 21 December 2014

Fourth time lucky as Garth fans brave cold for tickets

Published 06/02/2014 | 02:30

Sandra O'Shea queuing in the rain outside Ticketmaster in Limerick for tickets to see Garth Brooks, inset,
Garth Brooks
Sandra O'Shea queuing in the rain outside Ticketmaster in Limerick for tickets to see Garth Brooks.
Gareth Brooks fan at the Square Shopping Centre, Tallaght. BACK:Eddie Ward(Dublin), Jim Ward(Galway), Eddie Ward(Dublin), Martin Ward(Dublin). FRONT: Alan Curley(Wexford) and Kenny Coogan(Dublin). Collins Photo: Michael Donnelly.

Garth Brooks fans braved the elements as they queued for tickets for the singer's fourth Croke Park date.

Fans of the singer, who had a hit with the Creedence song, 'Who'll Stop the Rain?' waited outside the Ticketmaster outlet in Limerick city from early afternoon yesterday.

Last week, over 150 Limerick fans were left furious when they failed to obtain tickets for the 'Garth Brooks Croke Park Comeback Special Event' despite queuing overnight.

Sandra O'Shea (32) and her brother Sean (31), from Bruff in Co Limerick, were determined to get tickets this time round.

"We missed out on tickets last time even though we waited outside in the freezing cold all night," she said.

The siblings were splitting 'queue duties' between them; Ms O'Shea waited patiently during the day while Mr O'Shea stayed out overnight.

"Missing out on the tickets last time was a massive disappointment, we were freezing cold and exhausted. When Garth announced the fourth date we were delighted."

Mr O'Shea said he would remain outside the Ticketmaster outlet all night – whatever the weather. "I have a flask full of tea, a chicken wrap, a fold-out chair and lots of waterproof layers. I will be there all night."

Ticketmaster employed extra overnight security in Limerick and has an engineer on standby this morning to ensure sales go smoothly. "We are expecting high interest but we believe the weather and the fact that 250,000 people already have tickets will reduce the size of queues," a spokesperson said.

In Dublin, Hector Pastor (34) had had enough of the cold and rain. "I'm going to come back in the morning around 6am," he said. "It's too miserable and cold to spend the night sleeping outside the Jervis Centre."

But hardy fans queued last night in The Square in Tallaght, Dublin.

Brooks will play Croke Park on July 25, 26, 27 and 28.

Irish Independent

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