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Croke Park Residents Rally To Oppose 4th Stadium Concert


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Croke Park locals have called a public meeting to oppose a proposed fourth concert at the stadium this year.

Aiken Promotions has applied for a license for an event but is keeping tight lipped about the performer. 

The infamous Garth Brooks debacle of 2014 led to a proposal aimed a satisfying both Croke Park bosses and local residents who were sick of the disruption from concerts.

The agreement said four concerts could be held in one year, as long there were no more than 9 between 2017 and 2019.

However it's understood that deal was never actually set in stone and now a number of people living near the stadium are rallying to oppose the potential fourth gig.

Colm Stephens of the Clonliffe and Croke Park Area Residents Association has denied accusations that members are killjoys.

"How could you possibly say that? We had a proposal put to Croke Park (management) where the number of gigs would be agreed over a three year rolling period if they were limited to an average of three each year. They rejected that idea and they wouldn't accept any limitation at all." 

 

The public meeting is due to take place in the Barbara Ward Community Centre on Distillery Road at 7.30pm, Monday 26th of February.

Croke Park chiefs have automatic permission to hold three concerts a year, but are free to apply for further gigs. It's up to Dublin City Council to consider each additional bid on a case-by-case basis.

Taylor Swift will perform two nights at Croke Park on the 15th and 16th of June, while Michael Bublé and Emili Sandé are set to take to the stage on Saturday the 7th of July.

Aiken Promotions is not disclosing who the performer planned for May 17th is, despite the chance the various statutory bodies may only give the go-ahead in a very tight time-frame.


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