Residents around the Croke Park area hailed the original Garth Brooks concert trio as a resounding success with many taking in the party atmosphere prevailing around the northern venue.
A new association called the Croke Parks Working Group has also been established as an umbrella body for local residents and they plan to meet regularly with GAA bosses to resolve any issues. from the bud.
The Traffic Management Plan run by An Garda Síochána has performed well around the Croke Park area, and early reports indicate that the 240,000 ticket holders had a relatively smooth journey in and out of the site.
Ballybough resident and community activist Susan Mangan said the response from locals after last weekend’s concert was mostly positive. Ms. Mangan, who joined the new working group, said the monster gig had given a great impetus to the inner-northern area.
“There will always be issues like people peeing on the street that have to be dealt with but that will always happen with any event around Croke Park. But it all seems very positive,” she said.
“Many neighbors sat in the garden listening to the concert and a lot of them got tickets. I talked to a lot of girls in the Croke Park working community and they all got five nights out. Local pubs along here like The Blind Ref, Bridge Tavern and Lowry bar, all family run and all packed, which is a big plus coming from Covid.
“So it’s all positive. Local businesses are making money – even street vendors who are finally getting rid of the hats they bought eight years ago. All is good and the atmosphere is like electricity. Nobody wanted anything to go wrong so everything was looked at. All eyes have been on this concert for so long that everyone wants it to go smoothly. There’s twice the amount of Gardaí on the street and twice the amount of security from Croke Park. “
Ms Mangan is helping to form the new group in an effort to prevent another setback like what happened in 2014 and says it is “about moving forward as a community”.
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“It’s to make sure something like this doesn’t happen again and no one loses. The last time, all businesses lost, the economy lost and the fans lost all, and that’s something we don’t want to repeat.
“I’m glad he made it three nights now. It was a great three nights, the response has been good so scroll into the next two nights now.
“I am a fan but I am also a resident so I see both sides of the coin here,” Ms. Mangan said.
Independent councilor Christy Burke, who was Mayor of Dublin at the time of “Garthgate”, spent most of last weekend strolling around the area near Croke Park and said everything appeared to be working. out smoothly. Some fans even went to see him several times.
“I purposely went in to look around the area on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for anyone peeing or something and I didn’t see anything,” he said.
“A lot of the residents I spoke to said it was amazing what it did to the economy, the boost it gave chili shops and pubs.
“I know a lot of people who sat on Clonliffe Street listening to the show and they had a ball. It had been a long time since I had heard such expressions of joy and excitement. These are hundreds of thousands of people after going out and enjoying their freedom after two and a half years of suffering, death and isolation. They went out and enjoyed themselves and why wouldn’t they? “
Aiken Promotions says a handful of tickets are still available for Brooks’ next performance on Friday. But the big scramble is now on for his final Ireland concert on Saturday, when the curtain comes down on his historic run at Croker.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/theres-always-going-to-be-issues-but-it-all-seemed-to-be-very-positive-locals-embrace-party-atmosphere-for-garth-brooks-historic-croke-park-gigs-41983755.html ‘There will always be problems but all seems to be very positive’ – Locals embrace the party atmosphere for Garth Brooks’ historic gig at Croke Park