Sunday 18 March 2018

Doubts over two Garth Brooks gigs in Croke Park

Garth Brooks in Croke Park
Garth Brooks in Croke Park
Garth Brooks is due to play in Dublin in July
Joyce Fegan

Joyce Fegan

DOUBTS have been cast over the upcoming Garth Brooks concerts, with fears only three of the five Croke Park gigs will be granted a licence.

The decision on the licensing of the five concerts for the country superstar is expected to be announced today.

Irate local residents had launched a major campaign because a written agreement in 2009 outlined that no more than three concerts were to be held at the stadium each year – but there have already been three One Direction gigs at the GAA grounds this year.

Dublin City Council's CEO Owen Keegan spent yesterday holding high-level talks with staff in the planning office.

But sources told the Irish Independent that DCC chiefs are considering the possibility of granting a licence for just three concerts in Croke Park.

There was speculation that two of the concerts could be moved to another location, such as the Aviva or the RDS.

However, sources said last night that such a move would be logistically impossible.

As late as yesterday evening "various opinions" were being asked for.

Sources in the GAA said it would "not be feasible" to move the concert stage from one side of the city to another as the concerts are being held five nights in a row.

Irish Independent

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