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The Rolling Stones' Dublin Croke Park gig gets green light

The Rolling Stones have been given the green light to perform at Croke Park in Dublin later this year.

The iconic rockers announced last month they would be performing at the venue on May 17, pending a licence.

Some local residents were unhappy with the plans as the allotted three non-sporting events have already been booked for 2018.

Dublin City Council granted Aiken Promotions its Outdoor Event Licence this week.

Meanwhile, a representative of the Clonliffe and Croke Park area residents association said they were "deeply unhappy" with the decision.

The group voiced their objections at a public meeting last month, outlining their concerns over what they fear will be the increased use of Croke Park.

Other reasons cited for their opposition was the fear that this could create a precedent for the stadium to stage four non-sporting events every year.

"We're not happy that's the bottom line and we feel that we've been let down by Dublin City Council," said chairperson Patrick Gates.

"Our fear is that this is only the tip of the iceberg and this will only lead to an intensification of the use of Croke Park.

"We're very disappointed at Dublin City Council's decision. They seem to be putting entertainment over the residents' quality of life."

He said that the residents won't be just disrupted on the day of the concert itself, It's also the days leading up to the event where huge crews will arrive in to start setting up the sprawling stage.

The Rolling Stones will kick off their No Filter European tour at Croke Park, which will be the largest stadium they will play during the planned dates.

They will also perform in UK, France, Germany, Czech Republic and Poland.

Tickets for their only Irish gig will go on general released this Friday morning at 9am.

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