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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Five concerts ‘sanctioned and going ahead’ in Croke Park next year

Noeline Blackwell, the chairperson of Croke Park community meetings, has stated that five concerts are “sanctioned, planned and are going ahead” in the stadium next year.

Blackwell stated that last night’s meeting with local residents recognised that more work has to be done to improve the experience of local residents if the concerts take place.

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Present at the meeting was over 120 residents who met senior management from Croke Park Stadium and Aiken Promotions to discuss the plans for next year.

It’s understood that five concerts are “in the books” already and although Garth Brooks has not been announced as one of next year’s performers by Aiken Promotions, it’s understood to be the case.

Blackwell confirmed that an application to Dublin City Council was made for two concerts, which have now been sanctioned.

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An application to permit two further concerts has been lodged with the council.

While stating that everyone recognised the ‘serious’ impacts that these concerts have on local residents, Blackwell said that there will be an opportunity for residents to come together with the stadium management and promoters to establish a better way forward.

Colm Stephens, of the Clonliffe & Croke Park Area Residents’ Association, said that they will only accept three concerts per year.

Describing last night’s meeting as being “fractious” at times, Stephens said that residents were presented with a “fait accompli” with five concerts going ahead and applications for two more.

He added that most people at the meeting wanted to talk about the fact that there were five confirmed and possibly seven concerts taking place at the stadium next year and wanted to know if there was a guarantee that no other concerts would take place, however, Stephens said that Croke Park and Aiken Promotions wanted to discuss the details of the concerts.

He said if there is an agreement to just hold three concerts at the stadium, the residents’ association will cooperate and work with Croke Park and others to allow the concerts to run as smoothly as possible.

IMAGE – “Ed Sheeran, V Festival, Chelmsford” by Drew de F Fawkes is licensed under CC BY 2.0/”Garth Brooks – Man Against Machine” (CC BY-ND 2.0) by fatherspoon

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