Sunday 17 December 2017

Tony recalls meeting Garth

Tony O'Brien and Garth Brooks
Tony O'Brien and Garth Brooks

As the country last week continued to go berserk for Garth Brooks tickets, one Wexford man dug out a 20-year-old photo of himself with the country superstar.

The photograph of Tony O'Brien with Brooks was taken at Dublin Airport as the singer arrived for his first ever show in Ireland, at what was then known as The Point Depot.

Tony, who now runs his own media and public relations company in Dublin, was a reporter for the Irish Independent at the time, having previously worked with the Wexford People.

He was the only journalist at the airport when Garth arrived and managed to snatch an on-the-move interview with him.

The encounter was captured by an Independent photographer.

In the background, through the glass door, can be seen the late Jim Aiken, the promoter who brought Garth to Ireland.

Tony recalls that Garth was 'incredibly polite' and insisted on calling him 'Sir' all the time. The Wexfordman now looks after P.R. and media for Ticketmaster in Ireland. He was in the company's offices in Dublin ahead of the big Garth Brooks ticket sale last week. And he brought the photo along to show promoter Peter Aiken, son of the late Jim. Also there was Garth Brooks' manager Bob Doyle. who was so taken with the black and white snap that he took a photo of it and sent it straight away to Garth, telling him that the reporter in the photo was now working with Ticketmaster.

Garth replied: 'I still have that jacket and those shoes.'

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