Friday 26 December 2014

Lansdowne Road ruled out as alternative venue for cancelled Brooks gigs

Published 07/07/2014 | 11:29

LANSDOWNE ROAD has been ruled out as an alternative location for the two axed Garth Brooks gigs.

Dublin Lord Mayor Christy Burke chaired crisis talks at Croke Park this morning involving the GAA, concert promoter Peter Aiken and Kieran Mulvey who had been brought in to mediate with residents opposed to the gigs.

Referring to the Aviva Stadium alternative that had been touted in recent days, Cllr Burke told Independent.ie: “It’s not a runner” adding: “I tried. It was an avenue I suggested we explore”.

He said the option was rejected due to the difficult logistics that would be required to move the stage between venues.

The parties said that Dublin City Manager Owen Keegan must review his position on the concerts and have all five Brooks concerts held at Croke Park.

"I am still trying to find a solution at this the 11th hour," The Lord Mayor said.

Croke Park locals protest against moves to cancel the concerts. Photo: Collins
Croke Park locals protest against moves to cancel the concerts. Photo: Collins
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
Garth Brooks at Croke Park
Taoiseach Enda Kenny with his son Ferdia after completing the annual Ring of Kerry cycle in Killarney on Saturday evening. Picture: Eamonn Keogh (MacMonagle, Killarney). The Taoiseach could be one of the disappointed fans if Garth Brooks' gigs are cancelled.
Garth Brooks. Photo: Getty Images
People queue for Garth Brooks at the bridge water centre in February
Lucky fans with tickets Sisters Michelle and Gemma Coughlan from King Street

Meanwhile, the Stop Croke Park Concert Madness group has claimed that if Garth Brooks concerts and one American Football match were to go ahead and a moratorium of two years on all concerts was respected, then "this mess" could have been avoided.

The group said in a statement they made the proposal in their meetings with Ciaran Mulvey and  the General Secretary of the GAA,  Paraic Duffy.

The group said that the "response to this positive proposal was that this was impossible due to legal commitments of the management of the Stadium to hold events next year".

Group spokesperson Colm Stephens said: "If Croke Park had agreed to this reasonable request at the time they would not have created this mess. We would like to know why our original solution to the problem is being presented too late in the day as a Croke Park solution when it has already said in the Mulvey Recommendations that it is legally obliged to hold concerts next year?"

‘‘We would also like to know why local residents, who have presented a solution to the problem, are being excluded from discussions to find a resolution.”

A live stream of a Garth Brooks press conference, due to be broadcast today, has been put back until this Thursday.

Mr Brooks was expected to reveal plans for a world tour but the interview has been rescheduled for this Thursday.

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