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Saturday 18 November 2017

LISTEN: Mayor drives speculation over Irish gig for Garth Brooks next year

Garth Brooks.
Garth Brooks.

Ralph Riegel and Amy Mulvaney

THE €70m redevelopment of the GAA's Pairc Ui Chaoimh stadium in Cork could be launched with headline concerts by Garth Brooks and Adele.

The Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Des Cahill, took to Twitter and local radio in Cork to hint that negotiations are already underway for a series of blockbuster gigs to re-launch the famous stadium.

“This is fantastic news for Cork and it is great to see that the city is now to the forefront of such major entertainment events," he said.

The old stadium was demolished shortly after it hosted its final concert - a sell-out gig by US rocker, Bruce Springsteen.

The new stadium is set to be re-launched in 2017 and the Lord Mayor said it is hoped that a series of major concerts will be arranged to mark the event.

Proposed gigs by Garth Brooks and Adele have been mentioned but are only speculative at this stage.

When questioned about the proposed gigs by independent.ie this morning, MCD productions, which organises Irish gigs for Adele, said they hadn’t “heard anything about it.”

A spokesperson for Aiken Promotions, which was the promoter for Garth Brooks' doomed gigs in Croke Park in 2014, said there are "no plans" for an Irish Garth Brooks gig.

Councillor Cahill vowed to offer his support to any proposed concerts, stressing that they will be of huge economic importance for the city.

A sell-out concert in Pairc Ui Chaoimh is estimated to be worth €10m to the local economy.

Major concerts over the years at the Cork GAA headquarters have included gigs by Michael Jackson, U2, Prince and Oasis.

However, unlike Croke Park and Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney, Cork hasn't witnessed many major concerts at Pairc Ui Chaoimh over recent years.

That is now about to change thanks to the lavish stadium revamp which is currently still under construction.

When completed next year, Pairc Ui Chaoimh will rank as one of the premier sporting facilities in the country.

However, its design capacity will still be around half that of Croke Park.

Councillor Cahill said Cork has underlined its appetite for high quality musical events with the staunch support shown for Aiken Promotions and their Live at the Marquee series which is now in its 11th year.

That concert series, organised every June and July, takes place in a giant circus tent in Ballintemple not far from Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

"There have been some fantastic concerts at the Pairc over the years and it will be fantastic to see events like that being staged there again," Councillor Cahill said.

Adele and Garth Brooks rank as amongst the most popular music acts in Ireland.

US country star Brooks sold out five gigs at Croke Park but they were eventually cancelled amid a planning wrangle.

Adele has sold out her last two performances in Ireland - and experts indicated that, such is her popularity, she would likely sell-out a

45,000 seat venue in a matter of minutes.

Councillor Cahill also indicated that it would be wonderful to see U2 return to Cork to reprise their famous 1987 concert.

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