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After spending hours over a number of days in front of a computer I finally got a pair of tickets for the final night of the Garth Brooks’ Croke Park concerts. They were got to celebrate a significant anniversary.
I and thousands of people like me have given a lifetime of service to the GAA and other organisations that rely heavily on voluntary endeavour. Without us there would be no Croke Park or GAA, FAI, IRFU or a host of other organisations. Some of us have been attending games and other events in Croke Park long before some current residents took up residency there.
If we had to supply a second address, Croke Park would be an obvious choice. We have patronised local shops, pubs, eating houses and street traders. We have paid for our parking and brought great life and vibrancy to the area during the playing season.
When it came to the Garth Brooks’ concerts no one went out of their way to consult us. All we got was a type of glib remark such as, ‘I feel sorry for all the people who bought tickets’.
And then there were the condescending remarks from many in the media as though we were some type of country and western simpletons, ‘sure what trouble, God help us, would they cause?’ We have been either been ignored or treated with contempt, if not distain, and not allowed to play in our play area.
It is more than time for a real revolution in this country.
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