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They don’t have any Garth Brooks tickets in Croke Park either.

Stadium director Peter McKenna said yesterday that GAA headquarters had been “inundated” with calls about the country music star’s three concerts this July.

“It’s been unbelievable,” said Mr McKenna.

“[Promoter] Peter Aiken had said that he really wanted to come back to Ireland, and we felt it would work well, that it’d be a great evening and people would comefor nostalgia, anyway.

“The fact he sold quarter of a million tickets in an hour and a half is phenomenal. A lot of artists would struggle to do that, big names.”

McKenna was impressed with Brooks when the American appeared in Dublin for the launch of the concert earlier.

“He’d played Croke Park before, and said the atmosphere was second to none — the way he spoke was like hearing a player speak about winning Sam Maguire or Liam MacCarthy.

“His flight here was delayed but he came straight to Croke Park when he landed, bounded into a press conference, took questions, went around to individuals if they had particular questions, went and met people outside the stadium..

“He was on his feet for eight hours, straight off a flight, and I’ve never seen an artist do that. A lot of performers are cosseted with an entourage, but not him. It’s a real breath of fresh air.”

However, there is one method of accessing tickets many people are unaware of.

“People renewing their Croke Park premium tickets are given an option to buy tickets for the concert,” says McKenna.


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