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Whether it’s Garth Brooks or Dolly Parton, why Irish people have a deep connection with American country music

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Garth Brooks in action. Photo: Charles Sykes

Garth Brooks in action. Photo: Charles Sykes

Dolly Parton lights the stage with her music. Photo: PA

Dolly Parton lights the stage with her music. Photo: PA

The late, great Johnny Cash

The late, great Johnny Cash

Tammy Wynette, the first lady of country music

Tammy Wynette, the first lady of country music

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Garth Brooks in action. Photo: Charles Sykes

A friend of mine moved from Texas to Wicklow as a child. He didn’t realise he’d changed country for years – he was on a chicken farm in Avoca, and everyone listened to Charley Pride.

I was reminded of that story this week when Garth Brooks made his triumphant return to Ireland. It explains the connection those of us from outside the capital have with the country superstar, and with country music itself.


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