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GAA rules out sixth Croke Park concert for Garth Brooks

BY EMMA JANE HADE

Published 08/02/2014 | 11:20

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CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 09:  Singer Garth Brooks performs onstage at the 39th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Morgan Freeman held at Sony Pictures Studios on June 9, 2011 in Culver City, California. The AFI Life Achievement Award tribute to Morgan Freeman will premiere on TV Land on Saturday, June 19 at 9PM ET/PST.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)
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Sandra O'Shea queuing in the rain outside Ticketmaster in Limerick for tickets to see Garth Brooks.

THE GAA has ruled out a sixth Garth Brooks concert in Croke Park.

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A total of 400,000 have snapped up tickets to see the country crooner play an unprecedented five nights at the stadium.

But last night a spokesperson said the GAA have ruled out another gig.

Meanwhile concerns have been raised over the dates that Brooks will play at GAA headquarters next July, as the five sell-out concerts are scheduled for the week in between crucial football fixtures.

The concerts will be on the week following the Leinster football final and the week prior to the All-Ireland football quarter-finals.

Should the result of the Leinster final on July 20 be a draw and forced to a replay, the GAA are facing a scheduling nightmare as Brooks is set to occupy the stadium the following week from July 25 until July 29.

A spokesperson from the Leinster GAA Council voiced their concerns yesterday and said that the gigs "could be a problem".

"If it should go to a replay we will obviously have to look at where we can fit it in on the calendar -- can we play it in two week's time or can we go somewhere else.

"But it depends on who is playing, like if you have Dublin against Meath, or Dublin against Kildare, it's going to a problem as we don't have a venue big enough in the province other than Croke Park to do that," the spokesperson said.

Leinster Council representatives last night said that they are hopeful that the pitch will make a speedy recovery after playing host to the revellers, but that only time will tell and that "it'll be a day by day job".

 

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