Plans for a run of Garth Brooks concerts at Croke Park are under jeopardy once again.
Residents say they will “bend over backwards” to allow three concerts but have stressed they are still opposed to the five concerts which promoters are planning.
Colm Stephens, PRO for the Clonliffe & Croke Park Area Residents Association told Newstalk Breakfast that they were prepared to “bend over backwards” and compromise with the GAA for three concerts, but not for any more.
The residents association has called on Dublin City Council to reject any further applications for additional concerts.
Mr Stephens pointed out that Croke Park was “a huge building” set in the middle of a residential area with no traffic infrastructure in place to deal with the crowds attending such events.
He said “It’s like having a nightclub for 80,000 people in the middle of a residential area.”
While some businesses such as shops and bars welcomed the concerts because of increased business, there were others who had to close when there were concerts in Croke Park, he said.
Mr Stephens said that there had been “hilarity” at the public meeting on Thursday night when Cork Park stadium director Peter McKenna had “made the poor mouth” saying that the GAA was “broke.”
Dublin City Council confirmed that it had granted a licence for concerts on September 9th, 10th and 11th next year.
An application for two more dates, on September 16th and 17th, 2022, has also been received by the council.