Sunday 19 November 2017

Historic moment in Irish entertainment – why couldn't residents just celebrate it?

Garth Brooks

Shay Healy

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 depend on that flying wedge of righteousness for anything useful. This comes from the kind of mindset which looks for a thorn when someone hands them a rose.

Why couldn't objectors just relax into the five-day bonanza and create memories for themselves that would endure, as much as memories of the Eucharistic Congress in 1932 did for my generation. It's an irrefutably historic moment in the Irish entertainment business, and with the eyes of the world focused on us, on the back of the unprecedented sale of more than 400,000 tickets, they turned their backs against the mood of the day and retreated behind the typical 'not in my back yard' mentality.

Why didn't you ask me to come over? I'd have told you how to organise street parties, or back-garden gatherings, with the promoters contributing a sizeable amount of food and beverages to the occasion. Had the residents' association checked it out, they would have discovered that when a big act plays the Aviva Stadium, the residents in the area, particularly those along Bath Avenue and the side streets, which are in the shadows of the stadium, bring their chairs out on to the street and listen to the free music with joy in their hearts.

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