Friday 9 December 2016

Croke Park manager hints at Garth Brooks return: 'We'd love to have him here... lessons have been learned'

Published 11/08/2016 | 12:26

Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks
Ballybough residents campaigning for 5 Garth Brooks Concerts in Croke Park on Clonliffe Road, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Croke Park's general manager has hinted that a Garth Brooks gig may be imminent.

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In June 2014 the country music superstar cancelled a run of three concerts at Croke Park after he was refused permission by Dublin City Council to perform a planned five night run.

But now the GAA stadium's general manager has hinted that they may be preparing for a Garth Brooks gig by saying they would "love" to have the musician play at Croker.

"We'd love to have him here - he's a superstar," he told the Irish Daily Mial.

Ballybough residents campaigning for 5 Garth Brooks Concerts in Croke Park on Clonliffe Road, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Ballybough residents campaigning for 5 Garth Brooks Concerts in Croke Park on Clonliffe Road, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

"Lessons have been learned since what happened two years ago, by all parties, ourselves included and the local residents."

On Monday night Brooks' expressed a desire to return to Dublin.

During a live Facebook webcast, he said: "I've been lucky to play in a lot of places," he said.

"I don't think I'll get to play in all the places I want to play because the main ingredient is the sincerity of the people that want to hear it, that's what it's all about.

"There's a place that I haven't played yet that I've played before, if this makes any sense? Dublin, Ireland... how can I say it any more than that? Cross my heart I'll get to play there again."

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