Garth Brooks concerts will leave Croke Park residents feeling ‘like prisoners’ in homes

Hosting five Garth Brooks concerts at Croke Park over eight days next year will leave local residents feeling ‘like prisoners’ in their homes, says one of more than 80 complaints to Dublin City Council about concerts.

People living near the North Dublin Stadium have objected to the concerts of the American country singer on grounds such as possible anti-social behavior, traffic jams and traffic jams and noise pollution, according to documents released under Freedom of Information. Acts.

Around 80,000 people are expected at each show. and dealing with these crowds, according to a complaint, would have “a significant negative impact” on the daily lives of residents.

“Starting with erecting barriers at the end of the street and ending with the Garda helicopter hovering over the area and street sweepers along the road for hours after the event ends. ”

Residents “would have to deal with garbage, disruption, the inability to move our cars and the requirement to show proof of address,” the person said.

They added that they had “once searched my bag while trying to access my home” at a previous concert in the stadium.

Three concerts had been licensed for outdoor events for September 9, 10 and 11, but the council confirmed last month that it had approved two more licenses for concerts on September 16 and 17.

When ticket sales began, more than 280,000 people were waiting in line to purchase tickets for the first series of three shows. By 10 p.m. that night, some 200,000 tickets had been sold.

This prompted Brooks to express his glee at the request in a Twitter post.

“IRELAND !!!!! I just woke up to the news !!!! Amazing !!!!!” he said.

Garbage and noise

Eighty-six letters to Dublin City Council opposing its decisions have been communicated to The Irish Times.

One resident objected to the grounds for anti-social behavior, including saying he would face “banging on doors and windows, vomiting, urine and poo, litter and noise”.

“Just because Croke Park decided to host events doesn’t mean I can’t come and go to my house and live my life freely,” said another.

One resident living “in the shadow of Croke Park” said he had seen his quality of life “decline over the past 20 years as a direct result of the increased use of the stadium”.

“I hold the local authority directly responsible. They have absolutely failed to protect my family and my rights, ”the person said.

Another resident said they felt the locals were “like prisoners in our own house on concert nights.”

“During a recent daytime game in the hall, I found myself having to ask a young man to refrain from urinating on a children’s playground,” they said. “You can imagine how much worse the later events, where alcohol consumption is higher, are.”

Another said there was “no justifiable reason other than greed” why the concerts could not take place in “an alternative venue,” which “would suit many spectators living outside the region of Dublin “.


The local community was “very supportive of a weekend of chaos like the Ed Sheeran concerts in April,” but the idea of ​​five nights of concerts between September 9 and 17 “dismayed” one resident.

The disruption caused by the music concerts was “pretty much bearable when residents know there are only five concerts, spread throughout the year.” The prospect of disruption for two weekends in a row next year is frankly depressing and upsetting, ”said another.

The additional concerts were described as “an unfair attack on property rights” in the letters, and one person suggested the decision should be “sent back to the EU” as a civil rights issue.

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