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Garth Brooks to play Dublin, despite protests

Garth Brooks to play Dublin, despite protests

THE SHOW MUST GO ON: Garth Brooks is playing five shows in Ireland next month. Photo: Associated Press

Country superstar Garth Brooks is planning to go ahead with an upcoming five-night concert stint in Dublin, Ireland, despite protests from local residents.

The “Friends in Low Places” hitmaker is set to play Croke Park as part of a comeback tour in July. He was originally scheduled for just three nights, but extended the stay to five concerts due to high demand from Irish fans.

However, in March, residents living near the arena made it clear they weren’t pleased with the extension – they had already agreed with bosses from the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), which runs the venue, that no more than three concerts were to be held there each year due to concerns over noise and disruption.

But Croke Park director Peter McKenna tells the Irish Mirror newspaper that Brooks will proceed with the gigs as planned, since officials have secured the proper licenses to extend his stay.

McKenna says, “In my view it will go ahead and the five concerts will happen. We had permission for the three One Direction concerts (in May), but you are allowed to apply for a license to run other events. That’s what we’ve done for Garth Brooks. It’s not the first time, we’ve applied for various different events in the past.”

Residents opposing the gigs were scheduled to meet with the members of the Dublin City Council regarding Brooks’ shows in order to voice their concerns, but officials felt “they had sufficient information that a face-to-face meeting was no longer necessary”, a decision that angered many of the residents, according to the Irish Mirror.

More than 400,000 fans are expected to attend the sold-out shows, which will take place from July 25 to 29.

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