Thursday 26 April 2018

Concert fiasco to hit GAA development works to the tune of €4.5m

Garth Brooks' five concerts at Croke Park were due to add €4.5million to the GAA's coffers.
Garth Brooks' five concerts at Croke Park were due to add €4.5million to the GAA's coffers.
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

The cancellation of the Garth Brooks concerts will hit dozens of GAA developments around the country next year due to the heavy loss of rent revenue for Croke Park.

The five-night extravaganza would have poured around €4.5m into GAA coffers, most of which would have been dispersed among counties and clubs for various projects.

Income from renting Croke Park has, in the past, been ring-fenced for special development work and it's understood that would also have applied to the Garth Brooks' concert revenue.

Based on previous revenue streams from similar events, each concert would have earned the GAA around €900,000. The GAA took in around €36m for renting Croke Park to the IRFU and FAI for rugby and soccer internationals for four years in 2007-10.


Having already staged three One Direction concerts in May, Croke Park was set to become a high-yield cash cow for non-GAA events this year but that has been seriously hit by the Garth Brooks controversy.

Ironically, John O'Mahony, one of the best-known names in the GAA, has been tasked by the Government to lead the examination into the sequence of events which led to the cancellation of the concerts.

The former manager of Mayo and Galway will chair the Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications, which has invited the GAA, Aiken Promotions and Dublin City Manager, Eoin Keegan before them tomorrow.

Meanwhile, a limited number of terrace tickets (city and Blackrock ends) for Sunday's Cork-Limerick Munster hurling final in Pairc Ui Chaiomh will be on sale today, via and selected SuperValu & Centra stores.

The game will be the last major championship event at the ground which will be closed next year for a major development, making it into a 45,000-seat stadium.

Elsewhere, Meath hopes of upsetting Dublin in Sunday week's Leinster SF final have received a boost with the news that classy forward Mickey Newman is back in contention for the Croke Park showdown after recovering from the hamstring injury which forced him to miss the win over Kildare.

Irish Independent

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