Garth Brooks: Threat of rain could not dampen the party atmosphere among fans at Croke Park

Gray skies and threatening rain failed to dampen the party atmosphere at Croke Park as Garth Brooks loyalists poured out onto the field for the final night of the singer’s first gig this week.

tonight is the country superstar’s third night on stage in Dublin, but after a five-day break, the Oklahoma singer will return to the stadium next Friday.

And some fans, wearing the singer’s trademark underwear, were getting ready to go back to see him again.

Superfan Maireaid Fordyce not only turned her husband Matthew into a fan, but asked him to come with her tonight and last night, she asked if he’d come back to her next week.

“We were here last night and it was amazing,” Maireaid told “We are here again tonight and we hope it will be just as great.

“I love Garth Brooks. He has always been in my life since I was a kid. His music was always on at home and when I was about four or five years old I wrote him a letter and he sent me back a letter and a signed photo. “

The couple are teachers and have just moved to Newry, Co Down, Maireaid’s hometown, from Essex, where they also teach.

“I am a music teacher, so I love all kinds of music,” says Matthew. “But I never fell in love with Garth Brooks until Maireaid introduced me to him.

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“Now I like his music and we play it at home. It would be nice to be here again but when Mairead asked me if I would come back next week, I had to laugh and say ‘Sure, if it’s free this time’. “

However, it seems Mairead is being convinced that she will get her husband to join her again.

“We had to go back again because I don’t know when I’ll get the chance to see him again,” she said.

“He’s 60 now and yes, he’s in great shape but I don’t know if he’ll be back again, so I have to see him while I can.”

Elaine Larkin (40) from Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, attended with friends and said being five months pregnant “will never stop her from seeing Garth”.

“This is a story that I will be able to tell my little girl when she grows up,” Elaine said. “I came to Westlife when I was pregnant with twins 10 years ago.

“It was tiring but I couldn’t miss it. I love his music, it’s easy to understand.”

Friends Laura Noone and Lisa FItzgerald, were excited to be at Croke Park. Laura said she got her tickets in 2014, the year controversy broke out and Brooks’ Croke Park gigs were cancelled.

“We’re so excited, we can’t wait to walk through those gates,” Laura said. “We have been waiting for this for too long. I love Garth Brooks because he loves Ireland and there are so many things about his music that I find relevant.

“I love the atmosphere, that’s why we arrived early to soak up it.”

The friends, like many in the crowd, wore stetsons to attend the highly anticipated performance. “They are all €30 for hats and scarves,” says Laura. “That’s part of the fun.”

Friends Caroline Owens (34), from Middleton, Co Cork, and Emma Sheehan (29), from Blarney, were also delighted to finally be at a Brooks gig. Even the thought of a long drive home, and potential rains, had dampened their spirits.

Caroline said: “I love nostalgia. “His song Dance reminds me of my grandmother, Liza, who sadly is no longer with us.

“I had a ticket in 2014 and was very disappointed not to be able to go. My friend queued all night to get them, so it was really disappointing.

“But now I am here and I am very excited. If it rains, that doesn’t matter – we’ll still have a great time. We have hats and capes.

“The music of Garth Brooks attracts a lot of Irish audiences, because so many Irish people love country music.

“I grew up with the music of Garth Brooks and with Christy Moore. This is going to be a great night. “

The man they were all waiting for arrived on stage at 8 p.m., at which point the rain clouds seemed to have evaporated.

The show is currently being taped and will likely be used as footage for a documentary Brooks is working on in Ireland.

He opened with his 2018 song All day longascend to the stage by elevator from under the stage when a giant screen displays Tricolor.

Wearing a black stetson, black shirt and blue jeans, the male singer jumped a notch and looked very fit for his 60s.

Brooks told the crowd: “How is everyone? Thank you for bringing us back to the best place to play music on the planet.

“I know what you’ve heard. This is the only Sunday show we’ll be doing in this country.

“This is going to be a fun night. You don’t do this unless you’re a concert goer. We went to see Ed Sheeran this year. We went to see Beyoncé, she was pretty cool.”

The crowd sang along to the years 1995 Cheyanne Beach and friends and family dance together as Croke Park glows under red lights.

For a few hours this didn’t seem to be Dublin. This is a lot like standing in Brooks’ hometown and this is the Country tinged with green, white and gold.

It was clear that the music brought back memories for many in the crowd, from teenagers to retirees.

Brooks stepped out onto an open platform in the midst of this adoring crowd and looked full of adrenaline as the crowd sang “Olé Olé Olé”.

“The songs are supposed to be at the end of the show,” he told the crowd.

The singer stopped to speak to a woman in the crowd, “Ms Sharon”, who asked him to play. Too young (to feel this damn old). Brooks replied that it wasn’t on his booking list and that she was too young to know it anyway.

However, he told the woman that he would try playing the piece before starting the song with a violinist.

The singer laughed and said, “You’re kidding me,” when he realized that the crowd already knew all the words from the 1989 ballad.

As the night sky covered the stadium, thousands of people clapped and danced.

“I never thought you guys would know it all Too young… I love you, Sharon,” he said.

It is clear that Brooks considers Ireland a second home.

“Ireland is the most amazing place on the planet,” he said. “I don’t have to sing, you sing for me. You don’t know how many miles I’ve walked just to hear you sing. “

Meanwhile, a steel ring surrounds the residential streets outside Croke Park. People can only enter the area if they have tickets to the show or if they are residents.

One resident told “It caused a real inconvenience, getting in and out of the area.”

She added: “I got home yesterday and it was a nightmare getting in the car but it’s not something that happens often and it helps the local economy, so that’s one thing. good.” Garth Brooks: Threat of rain could not dampen the party atmosphere among fans at Croke Park

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