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Aiken Promotions tweeted the announcement, adding, « Croke Park will be the only European venue that Garth will play in 2022. »


Neil Fetherstonhaugh

Garth Brooks is due to play two concerts in Croke Park next September, it has been confirmed.

The American country singer is returning to Ireland, where he will be on September 9th and 10th will perform at this legendary venue.

Aiken Promotions tweeted the announcement, adding, « Croke Park will be the only European venue that Garth will play in 2022. »

Brooks canceled five scheduled shows at Croke Park in 2014 after being initially asked to cancel two of the gigs.

Aiken Promotions had five concerts planned, but the gigs were canceled after Dublin City Council only licensed three.

In July, Croke Park filed a schedule compliance proposal in connection with the proposal to hold concerts on September 9, 10, and 11 next year.

Earlier this month, however, Dublin City Council granted two additional dates, meaning that only two concerts have been officially announced today, but the council’s decision could include up to five concerts.

Croke Park will also host two Ed Sheeran concerts this coming April, bringing the total possible number of shows to seven in 2022. The usual maximum number of concerts per year is three.

In October, Croke Park Community Meetings Independent Chair Noeline Blackwell said five concerts were « in the books ».

Speaking to Claire Byrne at RTÉs Today, Ms. Blackwell also said that more work needs to be done to improve the local residents’ experience when the concerts take place.

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This was followed by a meeting of more than 120 residents who met with senior management at Croke Park Stadium and Aiken Promotions to discuss stadium concert plans for 2022.

Ms. Blackwell confirmed that an application has been made to Dublin City Council and two more concerts have now been approved.

She said a second application for approval of two more concerts had been submitted to the council in September 2022.

However, she said it was « clear that much more needs to be done about the sanctioned concerts ».

She insisted that it will give local residents the opportunity to meet with stadium management and event organizers to work out a better way forward.

Colm Stephens of the Clonliffe & Croke Park Area Residents’ Association, who also spoke to Claire Byrne on Today, said he received « ready-made facts » with five concerts and applications for two more.

He said most wanted to talk about the fact that there would be five confirmed concerts in the coming year and possibly seven concerts and whether there was any guarantee that no others would happen.

He also revealed that they are appealing to Dublin City Council regarding the concerts, saying « they have the power to license as many as they wish ».

Earlier on Newstalk, he said the residents’ association had urged Dublin City Council to turn down requests for additional concerts at Croke Park in 2022 and expressed their opposition at a meeting with the GAA.

Mr Stephens dismissed suggested that Croke Park was « a huge building » in the middle of a residential area. There was no transportation infrastructure to handle the crowds attending such events.

« It’s like having a nightclub for 80,000 people in the middle of a residential area, » he said.

While some businesses such as shops and bars welcomed the concerts because of the increased business, others had to close when concerts were held in Croke Park, he said.

Mr Stephens said there was « hilarity » at the public meeting when Croke Park Stadium Director Peter McKenna « shut up » and said the GAA was « broke ».

He stated that if there is an agreement to hold only three concerts, the Residents Association will work and work with Croke Park and others to make sure the concerts go as smoothly as possible.

Susan Mangan, a resident of Ballybough, said she would like the seven concerts to take place along with some others in the community.

She described how local pubs, mostly family-owned, are doing bad with Covid Had gone through times and remained closed for long periods of time.

She added that it was not about « playing off neighbor against neighbors » and wanted any issues raised to be addressed.

« This was the first meeting last night and I hope we will have a number of meetings, » she told RTE.

In a statement, Croke Park said, “The meeting ended with a renewed commitment to build on the evening’s dialogue. A dedicated working group related to the 2022 concerts at the stadium will be set up to facilitate direct engagement between Croke Park, Aiken Promotions, other stakeholders and the local community. « 

In a statement, Aiken Promotions said they » look forward to To continue working with residents in the coming weeks « .

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