Saturday 24 February 2018

Croke Park may hold fourth concert date this summer if promoters' application accepted

Peter McKenna, stadium and commercial director of the GAA. Photo: Dave Maher
Peter McKenna, stadium and commercial director of the GAA. Photo: Dave Maher
Croke Park stadium Photo: Sportsfile
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Irish promoters Aiken are applying to hold a concert in Croke Park on Thursday, May 17.

The proposed concert, for an unidentified act, would be the fourth at the Dublin stadium this year.

Croke Park has planning permission from Dublin City Council to host three special events per year under its special events license.

Those events already include Taylor Swift's concerts on June 15 and 16 and Michael Buble on Michael Bublé on July 7

The news is expected to be announced by Aiken formally in the media on Friday but Stadium Director Peter McKenna flagged the plans for the application in a notice to residents of the area on Thursday morning.

"Croke Park has planning permission to host three special events per annum under its special events license granted by Dublin City Council but event promoters can and have applied for additional special event licenses in Croke Park so the stadium has hosted more than three special events in one calendar year," he wrote.

He added, "The fourth concert date will be subject to license and further details on this license process will be shared with you as it becomes available."

The proposed date in May would be the only event or match to be scheduled that month, bringing the number of events to 30 for the year, compared to 27 last year and 31 in 2016.

In 2014 local residents objected to the staging of five Garth Brooks gigs at the stadium.  Dublin City Council refused to grant a license for all five dates, but did approve three.  Brooks then pulled out of all five scheduled dates.

Speaking on RTE News at One Peter Kenna said he could not confirm the identity of the act but said it was not Garth Brooks.

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