Tuesday 27 September 2016

Fans thrilled - but Croker locals fear a reprise of 'Garthgate'

Alan O'Keeffe

Published 05/02/2016 | 02:30

Bruce Springsteen with his wife Patti Scialfa and daughter Jessica Springsteen at the Dublin Horse Show in 2014. Photo: Cathal Burke
Bruce Springsteen with his wife Patti Scialfa and daughter Jessica Springsteen at the Dublin Horse Show in 2014. Photo: Cathal Burke

Bruce Springsteen fans may be delighted they will be dancing in the dark in Croke Park - but residents living close to the stadium are wary.

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Demand for tickets for the event in May is expected to be huge. But local people are determined there will be no repeat of the farcical Garth Brooks controversy that erupted two years ago, which ended when the country singer's concerts were cancelled.

Springsteen (65) will play at GAA headquarters on Friday, May 27, and tickets go on sale next Thursday at 9am. If the first concert sells out, a second date - Sunday, May 29 - will be added. The GAA has rescheduled two big games - Wexford and Kildare's football clash and Wexford and Dublin's hurling match - from that weekend to a week earlier.

Peter Branagan (60) of Clonliffe Road - whose back garden is overlooked by Hill 16 - said he would be keeping an eye on the situation: "We will be very watchful that no attempts are made to exceed the limit of three concerts this year," he said.

Irish Independent

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