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Sunday 20 April 2014

No ticket? No fear - Five ways you can still make it to the Garth Brooks concert

Garth Brooks announces he will play Ireland for the first time in 17 years with two dates at Croke Park, July 25th & July 26th, for the Irish leg of his tour 'The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event', Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland - 20.01.14. Pictures: G. McDonnell / Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM *** Local Caption *** Garth Brooks
If you're one of the ones who weren't lucky enough or didn't have a fast enough internet connection to grab tickets this morning, no fear.

Thousand of ticket-holders are gloating this morning and sharing their 'I'm going to the Garth Brooks' concert' status on social media. There are plenty of fans, however, who are wiping away tears with their handkerchiefs and packing their stetsons back into the wardrobe.

If you're one of the ones who weren't lucky enough or didn't have a fast enough internet connection to grab tickets this morning, no fear.

We have come up with five ingenious ways you could still make the big July weekend.

1. Join the Gardai

What recruitment ban? Try and use your good old-fashioned family connections to nab a place in the force before July. Alternatively, invest in a high-vis jacket and simply look the part. Look like a true Garda at the concert by pacing a few metres every ten or so minutes. Alternate this with a few minutes on your tip-toes scanning the crowd for trouble-makers.

2. Volunteer

If you've had volunteering on your New Year's Resolutions list for the last few years, now is the time to do it. Sign up to an First Aid course, volunteer on the day and you could very well be line-dancing with the rest of them in Croke Park.

3. Make friends

Now is the time to hit Drumcondra and make friends with those on Jones's Road. Of course you will feign shock when they invite you around for a Brooks barbecue on July 26.

4. Grab that stetson

Line-dancing isn't one that might have featured on your to-do list but now is the time to grab that stetson and rehearse your apple jacks and ankle rocks. That means when Garth is stuck for a few extra dancers on stage, you'll be the one with the first-class view of Croker.

5. Make friends (part 2)

This time, we mean with your boss. If you know of any big-shots that have a box in Croker, work the next six months to your advantage. Forget your friends in low places, if you say it often enough, it'll happen: 'I WILL be at the Garth Brooks concert'

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