Garth Brooks Not So Welcome In Dublin

By: Lacy Langley - April 7, 2014

Garth Brooks has done pretty well to sell out his comeback tour after being out of the game for ten years. However, not everyone on the planet is as thrilled as they could be.

Some folks in Dublin, Ireland who live near Croke Park, a venue that has sold out five straight performances of Brooks’ in July, are among those who would rather him stay away. Do they hate country music? No. They hate the traffic.

According to Fox News, residents are at odds with the fact that Brooks’ five-night run exceeds previous agreements the neighborhood association has that limit the number of shows that can be held at the park. These agreements kept the chaos down and allowed the nearby community to go about its business somewhat undisturbed.

“The issues run . . . parking and congestion, anti-social behavior — we’ve been unable to move in and out of our homes without harassment,” says Patrick Gates of the Croke Park Residents Alliance. “Litter, noise pollution — they’re all the issues that we have, and we thought we had an agreement with Croke Park. They’ve failed and they’ve breached every agreement that they’ve had with us.”

That’s not good. Now residents of the area are picketing and protesting outside of the venue to try to show that they will not be trod on. However, there is another school of thought on the issue. Some people think that the large, multinational crowds that are eager to catch a show from the country legend at Croke Park will benefit the community to the tune of several million.

Brooks himself is thrilled to be coming back to Croke Park.

“Before we go back on tour in the fall of 2014, I want to challenge myself, the band and crew,” he explains. “In ’97, we were lucky enough to play Croke Park, the stadium was under construction. 130,000-plus of some of the greatest fans in the world. I was quoted then as saying, ‘When this stadium is finished, I would love to come back and try to fill it again…this time to the brink’ — and we’re back to do just that.”

What do you think? Do you think moving into a neighborhood near a major entertainment venue is just asking for it? Like moving into a fancy house on a golf course and being mad about balls in your yard, for example? Or do these residents have a right to force entertainers to limit the number of shows they do to keep crowds down?

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Lacy LangleyLacy is a writer from Texas. She likes spending time in the home office, homeschooling her kids, playing the didgeridoo, caring for her chickens (Thelma and Louise), Rolos, Christmas, and Labyrinth.

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  • smithsson

    a) city planners are at fault here. They built a stadium. They wanted the crowds, and now they have it.
    b) Garth I’m sure as a successful entertainer knows well enough and should be shrewd enough to focus on the positive, and high-tail it out of there if the crowds emotions turns against him.
    c) as bad as things turned out, I still think entertainers such as Garth is likely to be far better ambassadors for the United States than the politicians who would rather hitch on to a negative emotion just to grab the headlines and the attention without providing anything of value.

  • Margie

    “Do you think moving into a neighborhood near a major entertainment venue is just asking for it?” You’re missing the point here big time. Croke Park is a sports ground with GAA games being played during the day at weekends. It is not a ‘major entertainment venue’. Since it’s re-development in the late 1990’s, Croke Park has been used for occasional concerts but an agreement was in place that a maximum of 3 non-sporting events would take place here a year-this was a condition of the planning legislation. This year, they had already met their quota when they announced three One Direction concerts would be held in May. So it’s nothing personal to Garth or his music but no more concerts should have been announced for Croke Park for 2014, let alone 5 nights in a row, 3 of them mid-week. This is, and has been for far longer than concerts have been held at Croke Park, an inner city, residential area and residents have a right to protect their quality of life and property prices. Because if these concerts go ahead a precedent will have been created so what’s to say it won’t be 10, 15, 20 non-sporting events next year?