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Friday 19 September 2014

Wexford woman offers home to Croker residents (full Irish included) if they let Garth Brooks play five nights

Published 07/07/2014 | 14:48

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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
Ballybough resident Maire Gorman who attended The Garth Brooks 1997 concert campaigning for 5 Garth Brooks Concerts in Croke Park on Clonliffe Road, Dublin  
Photo:  Gareth Chaney Collins
Ballybough resident Maire Gorman who attended The Garth Brooks 1997 concert campaigning for 5 Garth Brooks Concerts in Croke Park on Clonliffe Road, Dublin Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

A woman has offered her house up to Croke Park residents during the Garth Brooks concerts, complete with five mornings of full Irish breakfasts, if they agree to let the five gigs go ahead.

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The Wexford woman, by the name of Margaret, said today that she would willingly take four people into her home and they could sleep in her two spare bedrooms.

She also said she hopes people nationwide follow suit, so the Monday and Tuesday night concerts can go ahead and she can attend Monday night’s gig.

Margaret said she doesn't have the luxury of satellite television, but she knows how to treat a guest.

“If the residents need a holiday away from Garth Brooks, I’ll take four of them, for no charge at all,” she told RTE’s Liveline.

“I’ll do a full Irish for them every morning if they want. Wexford is a gorgeous county, there’ll be lots of places to see. It’ll be a little holiday for them.

“I don’t have satellite TV but I’ll leave the DVDs out.

“If I’m going to look after people, I’ll look after them right.”

Margaret said she queued overnight for the concert tickets with her nephew and will do anything to make it to the country music star’s Croke Park gig.

“I was at home reading the paper about the concerts yesterday when I thought of the idea,” she said.

“I didn’t see Garth’s last show but my sister has seen a lot of concerts over the years and she said she’s never witnessed anything like Garth Brooks on the stage.

“I’ll make it a little holiday for them in Wexford – but on the Monday night they’ll be on their own.

“I’ll trust them with the house and hopefully they’ll be there when I’m back,” she continued.

“If the concerts will go ahead, I’m sure other people will do the same.”

Margaret said she can see the residents’ point of view but believes Ireland’s tourism and economy will benefit from the concerts.

“Look at the broader picture,” she said, “Garth could have picked any other country in the world and they would have taken him for 25 nights.

“Look what it will do for our economy.”

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