Sunday 28 December 2014

Garth Brooks court application to stop all concerts to be heard on Thursday

Aodhan O'Faolain

Published 08/07/2014 | 12:09

Garth Brooks is scheduled to play gigs in Dublin
Garth Brooks is scheduled to play gigs in Dublin

An application to prevent three proposed Garth Brooks shows scheduled for Croke Park has been listed before the High Court on Thursday.

The proceedings are brought by local man Brian Duff against Aiken Promotions (Ireland) Ltd and Páirc an Chrócaigh Teoranta.

The orders sought include injunctions preventing the holding of the three shows which had secured approval from Dublin City Council. Permission for two additional gigs was refused by the Council.

The Court heard that Mr Duff, a scaffolder who has lived in the area around the stadium all his life, is objecting to the concerts on grounds the proposed concerts with cause a nuisance and anti social behaviour.

At the High Court today Mr. Justice Paul Gilligan granted Mr Duff permission to serve short service of proceedings against Aiken Promotions (Ireland) Ltd and Páirc an Chrócaigh Teoranta. Leave was granted on an ex-parte basis.

The Judge listed the matter for Thursday morning and directed that the defendants be served with the proceedings.

Moving the application Frank Callanan SC for Mr Duff said his client was seeking the injunction because of fears of anti social behaviour and disruption associated with the proposed concerts.

Counsel said Mr Duff has lived at his current address at North Cumberland Street North, in Dublin 3 says that during the concerts he will have limited access to his home and will be subjected to concert goes "vomiting" and "urinating" on the street.

Counsel said Mr Duff has been involved with the Croke Park Streets Committee group, which is opposed to the concerts, but is taking the action in his own capacity. 

Irish Independent

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