Croke Park residents to meet with promoters and stadium bosses over next year's planned concerts 1 month ago

Croke Park residents to meet with promoters and stadium bosses over next year's planned concerts

It comes as Garth Brooks is reportedly planning to play five nights at the famous stadium.

Croke Park residents are to meet with promoters and stadium bosses Thursday night (30 September) to discuss next year's series of planned concerts at the venue.

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It comes after news broke last week that Brooks reportedly plans to play five nights at Croke Park next year.

According to a Virgin Media News report, Brooks is tentatively locked in for gigs on 9, 10 and 11 of September in 2022 with an application for two further concerts on the following weekend (16 and 17 September) pending.

Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran will be playing the venue on 23-24 April, 2022.

Presently, Croke Park is permitted to host three concerts a year and as such, there could be some backlash to the proposed plans.

Former Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring said he will be attending the meeting.

Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast, he told the show the Thursday night meeting will "probably" be the first in a series of meetings that will happen.

"Obviously, the announcement has been made that it's hoped to have five concerts next September. It's a year out," he said.

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"So giving credit to the GAA and the promoters, at least this time there is engagement and consultation.

"This is the first... of probably a lot of meetings that we're going to have to have to make sure that if these are to go ahead that any concerns of locals regarding traffic management, community gain, etc. are addressed and addressed now."

In regards to the specific reassurance residents want, Ring said: "It's a process and the promoter has to get permission from Dublin City Council, and local residents will have an opportunity to object if they want to object.

"But I think in terms of the overall assurances, it mainly revolves around traffic management and it is over two weekends, which is better."

Ring said that with the All-Ireland Football and Hurling Finals moved into earlier months next year, those two weekends in September are left free.

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However, he added that residents are concerned that 80,000 people at the stadium each day over five days will have a "disruptive effect".

"It's a question of being able to get in and out of your house," Ring added.

"We've heard the phrase 'prisoners in their own homes'. If people feel that that could happen, we have to address that now and look at how that can't happen".

Speaking about the previous controversy in 2014 over Brooks playing five nights in Croke Park, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said last week: "Progress has been made over the years.

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"I think Croke Park has learned a lot in terms of its engagement with local residents. I think venues more generally now have far more proactive policies working with local residents to resolve issues, issues of significant concern.

"That applies to sporting occasions as well as to concerts. People do need access to concerts and to iconic stars and that's something that we've always been good at in Ireland."