Croke Park residents say they’ll ‘move out’ if five sold out Garth Brooks concerts go ahead

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Croke Park residents say they will “move out” if the five sold out Garth Brooks concerts go ahead in September.

The country legend added three extra dates to his Irish tour in Croker this morning, and residents are not happy according to the Clonliffe and Croke Park Area Residents’ Association.

Colm Stephens said that the group finds the staging of five concerts “unacceptable”.

He said: “Many people will try to move out of the area when Garth Brooks is there and abandon their houses.

“It will be a serious consideration for people.

“Unfortunately, it will be in school term time.

“We may have to get off-site to make room for Garth Brooks to make millions on the backs of the Irish people.”

Mr Stephens said that he doesn’t know “how people will put up with it,” adding that he is considering abandoning his home during the concerts.



Garth Brooks will perform in Dublin’s Croke Park on September 9, 10, 11, 16 and 17 2022

He continued: “The basis for our reasoning is that this was investigated a long time ago by An Bord Pleanala and they imposed a cap on the number of concerts and the number of what are called ‘special events’ in the stadium.

“That cap was set to three per annum.

“Three in any calendar year we are prepared to accept and we feel that it is a reasonable compromise. Nothing has really changed in the circumstances. We think this cap should be followed.

“Interestingly enough, when the legislation was brought in on ‘special events’ there was no legal mechanism for us to take any further action.

“We made our submissions – the majority of the submissions about these concerts objected about the number of concerts [being] above three, but the city council seems to have ignored our submissions.”

Meanwhile, the Independent Chairperson of the Croke Park Community Meetings Noeline Blackwell believes that the five gigs will bring an “inconvenience” to the Drumcondra area.

She said: “It was perfectly clear that some people were speaking on behalf of the residents who were opposed to the number of concerts. There were some who thought that the concerts were welcome.

“The undoubted inconvenience that happens for all of the people in the locality with these concerts needs to be addressed.

“They do bring employment and they do bring to the area but the level of inconvenience for those who live in the area is due to really bad behaviour of patrons due to the sheer volume of people who are coming to the events.

“Those are things that Croke Park, Aiken Promotions and the residents want to engage in and identify how you could reduce the level of nuisance and inconveniences.

“There’s a little working group set up already, people are still welcome to join and issues around antisocial behaviour were outlined. Parking, traffic, lack of access to property, noise…all of these things. The gardai, management will be involved, so it’s just to try and see if the disruption could be minimised.”

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