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Sunday 22 April 2018

'I don't think it's fair to impose further disruption on the community' - Croke Park Residents Association oppose application for fourth concert

Croke Park stadium Photo: Sportsfile
Croke Park stadium Photo: Sportsfile
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

A local residents' association has voiced its concern over the application for a fourth concert at Croke Park this summer.

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.

Peter McKenna, stadium and commercial director of the GAA. Photo: Dave Maher
Peter McKenna, stadium and commercial director of the GAA. Photo: Dave Maher

Patrick Gates of Clonliffe and Croke Park Area Residents Association told RTE Six One News that locals are opposed to the application.

"We support the conditions of three events," he said.  We don't support any additional because that brings additional burden, additional disturbance to the community and we don't think that it's fair.

"There's a lot of games played at Croke Park, to have three concerts, and I don't think it's fair to impose further disruption on the community."

There are already three concerts booked for Croke Park this summer including Taylor Swift's concerts on June 15 and 16 and Michael Bublé on July 7.

Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks

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.

Last year there was just two music concerts at the venue.

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.

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