'I love this guy right here' - Garth Brooks impressed with Aidan O'Shea's vocals on Mayo GAA viral video
Garth Brooks himself has watched the video of the Mayo gaelic football team singing his song The River.
Garth Brooks himself has watched the video of the Mayo gaelic football team singing his song The River.
Four years ago we were on the cusp of the Garth Brooks/Croke Park/Dublin City Council stand-off which ultimately culminated in the cancellation...
Garth Brooks has admitted he lip synced his performance at the CMA (Country Music...
Garth Brooks had a special reason to celebrate at his Los Angeles concert on Saturday night.
A man who consumed alcohol against medical advice told gardai arresting him for possession of a knife that he was Garth Brooks and was "into line dancing", a court has heard.
Cork's €70m refurbished Pairc Uí Chaoimh stadium will host a series of mega-concerts from May 2018 with U2 and Garth Brooks amongst the acts...
In the latest of the Irish Independent's Digital DIY series, Adrian Weckler takes you through the basics of digital music streaming, for those new to the...
New licensing rules around major events will not take effect until well after the summer's concert and festival season has ended.
"Hi, my name is Ed," announces the biggest sensation in popular music. "My job for the next few hours is to entertain you."
IT WAS the drama that gripped a nation and left 400,000 disappointed country fans crying into their stetsons.
Like many people who know less about the tastes of the nation than we think we do, I was surprised that Garth Brooks could have sold more tickets than there will be voters in the upcoming referenda.
Garth Brooks is remaining tight-lipped on whether or not he will ever return to perform in Ireland following last year's cancelled gigs.
It's the saga that never ends. Garth Brooks has said he would like to return to Ireland for gigs at the end of his current world tour, to 'make it up to'...
Concert promoter Peter Aiken ruled out a third Ed Sheeran gig for Dublin's Croke Park after blaming "crazy" Irish planning laws.
Only an All-Ireland final - or a Garth Brooks concert - could come close to selling tickets at the rate which Ed Sheeran did yesterday.
We have only just got over Garth Brooks mania... and then comes news that Ed Sheeran will play...
Just when you thought we'd escaped Garthgate...
Tickets for the first big concerts of the summer are set to go on sale before a licence has been granted.
The commercial imperative to generate greater income to put back into the association was strongly re-inforced throughout GAA's director-general Paraic Duffy's annual report to Congress...
The GAA felt "let down" by the decision of Dublin City Council not approve a licence for five Garth Brooks concerts last summer.
It seems Cage Rage is set to achieve something that eluded Garth Brooks.
He was once in Sinn Fein. And now Dublin's Lord Mayor Christy Burke is reported to be considering joining the independent alliance run by the somewhat more plummy Dublin South TD Shane...
In terms of Irish history, there are three new years every year.
It was the year the country googled Garth Brooks, the World Cup and controversial UFC star Conor McGrergor more than anything else.
The Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke has expressed a desire to sign up to a new political party being spearheaded by Independent TD and turf cutter Michael Fitzmaurice.
Have you ever wondered what nostalgia is? Where does the feeling come from? Why can we look at a clip from say, Reeling In The Years, and smile ruefully at the political scandals and recessions...
We Irish have a fondness for hysterical convulsions over things which don't matter all that much - the Saipan affair is probably the exemplar of this. In 2014, Garthgate stepped into the breach, giving...
Even stars as big as Justin Timberlake have idols and it seems JT has a bit of a music man crush on country crooner Garth Brooks.
With Christmas upon us and 2015 drawing near,
Profits of over €230,000 recorded by the UK arm of Aiken Promotions last year will go some way to ease the pain of the Garth Brooks debacle for the promoter.
Garth Brooks has revealed he's still mourning the Croke Park concerts and compared the cancellation of the five gigs to losing a member of his family.
It has been a bad number of months for U2 when it comes to giving gifts – now it seems the ageing rockers have put the proverbial foot in it again.
As Bruce Springsteen gears up for Croke Park dates in May, he joins the elite clique of artists to have topped the bill at the north Dublin venue. Here are some of the most memorable Croke Park dates...
Tickets for Dublin band The Script's Croke Park headline show - with Pharrell Williams supporting - have sold out.
The Government has ordered a complete review of the outdoor concert licensing system following the Garth Brooks fiasco earlier this year.
It's a dream come true for The Script, who have announced that they will play their first headline gig in Croke Park next summer.
It takes something special to sell out a giant stadium like Croke Park, with its 80,000-plus capacity. Someone like Garth Brooks, say, with his extensive back-catalogue and legions of Irish...
Irish band The Script will headline Dublin’s Croke Park stadium on June 20th 2015, after years of dreaming about it.
Dublin act The Script are to headline Croke Park next year.
Garth Brooks 'could be' planning Irish dates for next year, in a bid to overtake U2's record for the biggest ever tour, according to the Irish Daily Star.
Athlone is bang in the middle of the country. But does it have more to offer than a convenient stop between Dublin and Galway?
By now you've heard, of course about U2 and Apple, and the terrible awful thing they did. In fact, if you are one of the 800 million or so people who use iTunes, you were probably affected.
When John Fullbright learned he was short-listed alongside The Lumineers and Mumford and Sons for last year's Best Americana Grammy his response was to put the phone down and return to what he's...
Former Westlife singer Shane Filan is charging forth with his comeback from bankruptcy with a tour of Asia and the release of his autobiography.
Garth Brooks launched his highly-anticipated world tour in Chicago last night, five weeks after he was due to kick off his five night stint at Croke Park.
HOW many swallows make a summer? Or how many homebuyers make an Autumn property queue?
The family of former Taoiseach Charles Haughey have spoken of their anxiety at the upcoming RTE drama ‘Charlie’.
Gay Byrne believes the Late Late Show was a phenomenon in its own right, and audiences will tire of the light-hearted chat shows fronted by Graham Norton and Jonathan Ross.
Before his number one hit version of the country song 'Wagon Wheel' was released in 2012, few outside hardcore country music circles had heard of Nathan Carter. But since then, the 24-year-old...
The future of the country scene looks bright
For years I have spent my summer holidays in the largely unknown town land of Lohar. It is neatly nestled in the mountains overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on the Ring of Kerry between Derrynane...
Garth Brooks is to sell his €5.6million Malibu beach house as he is relocating to Nashville.
Concert promoter Peter Aiken has defended Garth Brooks' decision to hold matinee shows on several of his American tour dates, an offer which he rejected in Ireland.
When Pope John Paul II descended on the racecourse in Ballybrit 35 years ago, it was estimated that he was greeted by a crowd just shy of 300,000.
Music festivals in some shape or form have been synonymous with summer for decades. Stand-up comedy traditionally resides in the upstairs room of a pub, but the Vodafone Comedy Festival...
Comedy, they say, is tragedy plus time. But with the Garth Brooks gigs, we find ourselves in some strange new territory. By running rival documentaries at a time when many viewers...
Music fans turned Dublin in a mini-Nashville this week-end determined to "keep it country" despite the cancellation of the Garth Brooks concerts.
Almost 85pc of the 400,000 Garth Brooks ticketholders were refunded their money by the weekend they were due to set out for Croke Park.
Two weeks after the rest of the country had stopped caring, RTE1 came up on Tuesday night with Garth Brooks: Tomorrow Never Came - a bitty and pointless rehash of the would-he-wouldn't-he...
I woke up this morning to a text from my friend in low places (she’s from Clonmel, Tipperary in fairness so the pun is valid). “I can’t wait for Garth tonight,” she wrote. “Oh wait...”
THOUSANDS are expected to flock to the coastline today to enjoy the sun as forecasters have predicted that the end of the hot summer spell is approaching.
They both aired documentaries on the Garth Brooks' debacle, but RTE beat TV3 by a margin of 285,100 when it came to the ratings battle.
IT’S the summer saga which shows no signs of ending – after a pub hosting a Garth Brooks...
Holly Carpenter ditched her high heels for some wellies after landing a guest slot on Oliver Callan's new RTE show.
A fraction of the 400,000 disappointed Garth Brooks fans can attend a consolation tribute concert on Saturday.
The 'Croke Park Five' seems a suitably solemn phrase for the fantastical furore over a certain country and western singer's plans to perform here. Suffice to say, Garth Brooks doesn't seem satisfied with...
Ticketmaster has said the Garth Brooks refund process is proceeding as planned and at close of business today some 190,000 tickets had been refunded.
The Garth Brooks scandal, GarthGate, Garthageddon, The Bay Of Gigs – call it what you will, but it has rocked us all to the very core. Grown men crying in the streets, women...
MICHAEL Ring asked the musicians to play something. "Do 'Ring of Fire' – that's my song," he announced with a grin. Beside him, his new senior minister Paschal Donohoe raised an eyebrow.
* Just when we think we're out, he drags us back in again.
Businesses are set to lose millions and fans have been left bereft but there is one clear winner in the Garth Brooks debacle – music store HMV.
Garth Brooks' concert promoter is considering legal action for compensation after claiming the country music star and he have lost millions in the flop.
SINGER Shane Filan has suffered a double-blow with the cancellation of the Garth Brooks concerts and a new cut in the price of his house for sale in his hometown Sligo.
DUBLIN City Manager Owen Keegan has issued a staunch defence of the council's role in the Garth Brooks fiasco.
Country music star Garth Brooks has refused to budge in an all-or-nothing row over his comeback after planners refused to license five night-time concerts.
A NEWLYWED couple have been left devastated by Garth Brooks’ decision to play none of his licenced three concerts here after cancelling their...
A PROPOSAL to play two additional Croke Park concerts at a later date was rejected by Garth Brooks in the early hours of this morning.
GARTH Brooks last night finally pulled the plug on his Croke Park concerts despite an offer to push back some of the shows until later in the year.
The saga over country music star Garth Brooks' comeback extravaganza has ended with the singer cancelling all his shows in Ireland over a licensing row.
Around 50 Garth Brooks fans took to Dublin city centre today in protest of Dublin City Council’s decision to only grant licences to three out of...
Country music is enjoying a surge of popularity in Ireland but its hardcore fans and practitioners claim it's a different animal to the wares being peddled by Garth Brooks.
John Pratt, from Tallow, in Co Waterford, went the extra mile to get his hands on tickets for himself and wife Margo
For a genre which sings so much of heartbreak, there can be few country music songs with as broken a heart as that of Ireland's tourism industry this week.
By the middle of this week it seemed like a calamitous outcome for a family that helped to bring some of the biggest stars of the entertainment world to Ireland.
Have we settled on an official name for the Garth Brooks story yet? Is Absurdgate too long? They call this the silly season on radio, but the cancellation of his Croker gigs is nonsense nonpareil. Callan's Kicks (Radio 1, Friday 6.30pm) or Gift Grub on the Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show (Today FM, Mon-Fri 7am) couldn't produce better comedy.
C ountry star Garth Brooks has rejected a compromise over scuppered plans for his five-night comeback extravaganza in Ireland.
According to the front page of the Irish Independent, the delay in finalising the talks between Enda Kenny and Joan Burton was attributed to the need to strike a balance between tax cuts for middle-income families and ways to increase pay for low income workers.
CROKE PARK residents were incensed after Dublin City Council offered Garth Brooks' two additional matinee concerts.
Garth Brooks gives bear hugs. Standing in a music hall in Nashville and talking to a singer who has left Ireland in a political deadlock, I say to him: "I...
On Tuesday the top item on RTE Six One news was the cancellation of all five Garth Brooks concerts.
COUNTRY singing legend Garth Brooks turned down a radical offer of weekend matinee gigs to help break the standoff over the cancelled concerts.
Independent.ie's Joyce Fegan was front row at the Garth Brooks conference in Nashville, Tenessee this afternoon.
The Oireachtas Committee meeting on the Garth Brooks concert controversy has been cancelled, Independent.ie has learned.
Country music star Garth Brooks has ruled out a proposal from Dublin City Council to hold the five planned shows over three days.
This was the scene as the man who sought an injunction against Garth Brooks playing at Croke Park dramatically left the Lord Mayor’s office.
Coláiste Lurgan have followed up their cover of Garth Brooks 'Callin Baton Rouge' with a less-controversial artist.
Country star Garth Brooks has rejected a compromise over scuppered plans for his five night comeback extravaganza in Ireland.
Dublin rockers The Coronas have signed to a major label in the UK.
LEADING country music stars say the cancellation of the Garth Brooks concerts is a "disgrace" and they are "gutted" that the Irish scene will not benefit from the showpiece gigs.
THERE were calls for Dublin city boss Owen Keegan to consider his position last night as the Garth Brooks debacle took another twist.
* It was over long before the fat man sang, and let me tell you this: there were no winners here, only losers – yes, losers – even if you are a local objector from the Croke Park area. I'll tell you...
Country music superstar Garth Brooks has declared he is willing to go ahead with his comeback special in Ireland if the "powers that be" can give the go-ahead for a five night run.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has requested for a meeting to be organised between Dublin's City Manager and Lord Mayor tonight in a last-ditch effort to save...
Fans of Garth Brooks have continued to express their dismay at yesterday’s news that all his gigs have been axed.
A Dublin scaffolder who lodged an injunction against the Garth Brooks concerts has claimed that he and his family have been subject to death threats.
Garth Brooks is no more than a memory now.
Premier Enda Kenny has rejected calls for emergency laws to rescue a Garth Brooks comeback special as details were unveiled to refund 400,000 disappointed fans worldwide.
The Taoiseach Enda Kenny today ruled out the passing of emergency legislation to allow an appeal of the decision by Dublin City Council on the...
Concert promoter Denis Desmond has warned that international acts “will be more careful” about coming to Ireland, in light of the Croke Park...
YOU don't need to have an intimate knowledge of the workings of the music business to realise that the cancellation of 400,000 tickets is very bad news for promoter Peter Aiken.
GARTH BROOKS' Irish fans have vowed their allegiance to the singer, despite the fact that they have been left bitterly disappointed after his five dates in Croker were axed.
Moran & Bewley hotels are to refund everyone who has booked and paid for rooms for the cancelled Garth Brooks concerts.
“There are no winners here, just perhaps democracy” was one comment heard on national radio today, ten minutes after Aiken Promotions released a statement announcing the...
That distinctive Irish talent for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory was once again in...
The Taoiseach Enda Kenny said in the Dáil that the Garth Brooks controversy “appears to have been very badly handled all around”.
The week-long debacle that has unfolded since Dublin City Council refused a license for two of the five Garth Brooks concerts, culminating in the...
A comeback extravaganza by country superstar Garth Brooks has been called off after residents around the stadium objected to the five-night run.
Irish premier Enda Kenny has described country superstar Garth Brooks' decision to pull out of a comeback special expected to pump millions into the country's recovering economy this month as a shock to the system.
Legal proceedings over the remaining three Garth Brooks concerts in Croke Park have been formally lodged in the High Court, dealing a further blow to fans of the country singer.
Country superstar Garth Brooks is preparing to divert a ship containing equipment for his long-awaited comeback because of a furore in Ireland over the gigs, it has been claimed.
LEGAL proceedings over the Garth Brooks concerts in Croke Park were formally lodged in the High Court today.
A woman has offered her house up to Croke Park residents during the Garth Brooks concerts,...
Miriam O’Callaghan said the only reason she got through the ‘tough times’ in her life is because she’s made of ‘strong stuff’.
Croke Park Streets Committee: The group is now looking at three or four options, including taking an injunction to prevent the three concerts granted by the council from going ahead.
PROPOSALS to move the two disallowed Garth Brooks' concerts will give hope to the 160,000 fans set to miss out on the gigs, but could be an operational nightmare for the GAA.
TOURISM industry figures will hold talks this morning on ways to get Garth Brooks' fans from overseas to continue with their trip to the country.
The theory that charisma is an essential part of a rockstar's toolkit is severely tested by Kings of Leon, four southern United States bits of rough whose stage presence has all the wattage of a...
The cancellation of all five of Garth Brooks's controversial concerts in Dublin would cost the city economy as much as 15 million euro (£11.8 million), publicans have warned.
The cancellation of the five Garth Brooks concerts in Croke Park will see the Dublin publicans lose out on up to €15m in revenue, according to the...
THE Government last night washed its hands of the Garth Brooks affair, rejecting pleas to rush through emergency laws to allow the five concerts to go...
SIGHTS, sounds and smells, as vivid as the days when they were new. Memories, now, of halcyon days of youth. The pleasures remembered transport him beyond the softly curved blue walls of this...
The latest fiasco over the Garth Brooks concerts has highlighted the dangers of buying tickets privately or from ticket touts.
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams treated radio listeners to his own rendition of the Garth Brooks' classic 'If tomorrow never comes'.
A Garth Brooks fan given special VIP tickets by the star after he heard of how she couldn't get any has backed his 'no show' threat – even though she...
IT all started out so promisingly. Following the press conference that announced his Croke Park reign, Garth Brooks walked around the massive stadium and surveyed his concert kingdom.
WE can do it. We guaranteed the banks to the tune of €400bn in the wee small hours on foot of an incorporeal cabinet meeting.
WHAT has happened with regard to the five Garth Brooks concerts in Croke Park is a shock to everyone. I am very surprised that the eventual...
An Irish Garth Brooks fan living in New York thinks the cancellation of two of the singer's gigs at Croke Park "sends a bad message to the rest of the...
Garth Brooks was accused today of being “stupid” with his ‘all or nothing’ stance on five...
Lord Henry Mountcharles has said he finds Garth Brooks' 'five gigs or no gigs' ultimatum "strange".
Dublin’s Lord Mayor fears the stand-off between Dublin City Council and Aiken Promotions regarding the cancellation of two Garth Brooks concerts...
SCHOOLBOY Cameron Cloke (10) is among the legions of Garth Brooks fans whose plans for a special outing at the end of this month were thrown into turmoil by yesterday's announcement.
Shocked Garth Brooks fans have been told by their idol that it's all or nothing when it comes to the planned Dublin concerts.
AFTER just getting my hands on a Garth Brooks ticket, my joy was short lived – with fears now growing that none of the concerts will actually go ahead.
THE world was watching – and now events in Dublin may place Garth Brooks' comeback in jeopardy.
SO there were 363 submissions made to Dublin City Council to block the five Garth Brooks concerts in Croke Park. God forbid that I'd ever have to...
Apart from being deeply disappointing to fans of Garth Brooks, the decision of Dublin City Council to restrict the country singer to three concerts in Croke Park has the potential to deal a major...
Two of the scheduled five concerts in Croke Park have been cancelled after Dublin City Council refused to grant licences.
A furore has erupted in Ireland over the refusal of city chiefs to allow two concerts by country music superstar Garth Brooks go ahead as planned this month.
Two of Garth Brooks’ five Croke Park gigs have been cancelled, with the others reportedly in jeopardy. And as is usually the way, virtually everyone is to blame for this debacle.
Let's hear it for nostalgia
Louis Walsh will be giving it to Cheryl Cole with both barrels on the new series of the X Factor.
Rising country star Nathan Carter has said he is honoured to support his childhood idol Garth...
The artists who will play support for Garth Brooks on four of his five Irish dates have been announced.
GARTH Brooks is proving to be the new secret weapon for the Irish tourist industry – bringing in 100,000 visitors to the country next month.
SOARING attendances at Irish music and sporting events is proof Ireland's economy has turned the corner, according to a top promoter.
BROADCASTING legend Gay Byrne may have a couple of decades on most of the fans of pop superstars One Direction but he is ready to prove his...
A LIMITED number of extra tickets will go on sale for Garth Brooks' Croke Park shows, it has been announced
The hundreds of thousands of Garth Brooks fans who arrive in Croke Park this July could be among the first to notice a change in the way drinks and food are served throughout the stadium.
For years, Niall Breslin was portrayed as the archetypal pretty boy. Lovely to look at on the Voice of Ireland, with an impressive singing voice, adept at writing catchy pop tunes and a former...
A radio war has broken out in Dublin, with a group of country music fans determined to wrest a coveted broadcasting licence from an existing station.
Bad boy country rocker Eric Church on scaring Metallica fans, channelling his teenage love for heavy metal and refusing to play the music industry game
If I weren't doing what I do, I'd be... running a shoe shop
If I didn't live in Galway, the place I would live in is. . .
It's the most bizarre story in music at the moment. No, not Garth Brooks in Croke Park. The legacy of composer Mamoru Samuragochi was sure to be a long-lasting one in Japan. The 50-year-old is...
Garth Brooks will not add an additional date for his Comeback Special Event in Ireland this year, it has been confirmed.
The National Wax Museum is unable to reinstate its Garth Brooks display because most of its body parts have gone missing.
ORGANISERS have refused to rule out the possibility of a sixth Garth Brooks concert this summer.
Garth Brooks fever has surely now been officially upgraded from "interesting moment" to "bizarre phenomenon". Over 400,000 tickets and five...
All around Ireland you could hear it: the scoffs and shudders of indignation as Garth Brooks yesterday announced – and proceeded to sell out – a fifth Croke Park date, meaning roughly one in 10...
COUNTRY crooner Garth Brooks may be swelling the GAA's coffers to the tune of almost €4m next summer but the GAA have admitted that hosting his five consecutive concerts in Croke Park involves...
Garth Brooks has been offered a novel way to unwind after his mammoth five concerts in Ireland this summer – a day at the races.
Garth Brooks has added a fifth Irish date.
Garth Brooks fans braved the elements as they queued for tickets for the singer's fourth Croke Park date.
Rock legends U2 are opting against a concert in Croke Park with their new album tour - and instead want to play in more intimate venues.
Revenue generated from seven concerts in Croke Park this summer will reap a €5m windfall for the GAA.
FROM highly dangerous stunts to elaborate film parodies, young people across Ireland tried to outdo one another as they took part in the controversial NekNomination craze.
Frustrated Garth Brooks fans in Limerick will be getting some “special attention” from the country superstar.
It’s clear that Garth Brooks has a great gra for Ireland.
Country legend Garth Brooks has added a fourth concert date to his Irish stint in July.
2013 was the year of the redneck. So it stands to reason that in 2014 the world might begin to turn away from all things country – Garth Brooks queues notwithstanding. The first major instance of this might have been Taylor Swift losing out at the Grammys to Daft Punk for their album Random Access Memories. This album begins with the same letter as Taylor Swift's album Red which, as the announcement began, caused Taylor and her entire entourage to almost burst into wild celebration before quickly, and obviously, muting...
FRUSTRATED music fans are being reminded about the dangers of buying a concert ticket from unauthorised sources.
A FOURTH gig has been ruled out for now for bitterly disappointed Garth Brooks fans – thousands of whom camped in the rain or queued for hours to try and land a ticket.
HOTELS have hiked up prices for the weekend of Garth Brooks' three concerts in Dublin.
MANY previously-pessimistic Garth Brooks fans were now buzzing with excitement as they inched closer in the queue for tickets for his highly anticipated tour stop in Ireland this summer.
With Garth Brooks fever near tipping point ahead of the sale of tickets this morning, some fans have got more than they bargained for.
Not being a Garth Brooks fan myself (I would find it hard to name two of his songs) I was wondering what all the fuss was about after he released concert dates in Dublin last week.
COUNTRY superstar Garth Brooks has hinted he may add two extra dates to his highly anticipated tour stop in Ireland this summer.
Hold the Back Page, in association with Random Howl Publishers, is pleased to present these exclusive extracts from Roy Keane's latest autobiography, written by Roddy Doyle. Yes, I...
It's just as well I don't work as a concert promoter. If you had asked me last week about what sort of venue Garth Brooks could command in 2014, I'd have said The O2 – for one night only. But no.
A treasure trove of photographs showing Irish traditional music at its best has been uncovered for the Temple Bar Trad Festival.
A BRIDE-to-be is planning a Garth Brooks themed wedding.
Country music star Garth Brooks is to keep a long-held promise when he comes out of retirement later this year.
EVEN singing superstars can have bad days.
Garth Brooks is to keep a long-held promise when he comes out of retirement later this year and performs in Dublin.
HE'S returning to Ireland after 17 years, and hotels are already hiking prices for the weekend of Garth Brooks' two concerts.
LIFE has some odd twists and turns, but I never expected that Garth Brooks would be serving me dinner one balmy evening in Haiti.
Fans thrilled as country superstar to play Croke Park ahead of world tour
It's been 17 years since Garth last played Ireland - so here's ten things you might have forgotten or may never have known about the country singer.
Garth Brooks is to keep a long-held promise when he comes out of retirement later this year and performs in Dublin.