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Fans' joy as Brooks to play extra Croker gig

GARTH Brooks fever hit the capital today when tickets for the country star's two July concerts went on sale at 9am – before a surprise third date was added.

The queue started forming at the St Stephen's Green Centre at 7pm yesterday, and had stretched past the Gaiety Theatre before the doors opened this morning.

Fans feared that quick online sales might thwart their chances of getting their hands on tickets for the Croke Park gigs on July 25 and 26 and now also 27.

Many in the queue were too young to remember Brooks (inset) the last time he played the stadium in 1997, but said they had become fans through their parents.

Emma Kenny (25), from Crumlin, was so excited that she compared her joy to that of having a baby.

"It's like an overwhelming happiness. When I heard he was coming I cried so hard," she said.

"I was listening to his album in bed the other night and thinking, 'I'm actually going to hear him in person instead of a CD'. I can't describe it."

Niamh Farrell and her friend Eimear Kelly had joined the queue at 5am after a night in Copper Face Jacks.


"He's worth it – everyone has been waiting for this comeback," said Eimear.

Many men were in the queue hoping to bag tickets – and brownie points.

Philip Thomas, from Ballyfermot, said going home empty-handed was not an option.

"The girlfriend won't forgive me if I fail," he said.

Philip's pal Darren Prendergast, from Crumlin, said he had been queueing since 10pm.

"His music is so big worldwide, and he's a fantastic entertainer," he said.

Tickets were not the only s on the mind of Patrick Hugh Lynch, who had been queueing since 2.30am.

"I'm buying for my wife because I love her very much, and if I get a ticket for her she said she'd make me a carrot cake," he said.