Belfast Telegraph

Bruce Springsteen to play Croke Park but local residents are 'ready to protest'

Bruce Springsteen fans are delighted they will be Dancing In The Dark in Croke Park, but residents living close to the stadium are wary.

Demand for tickets for the event in May is expected to be huge.

But local people are determined there will be no repeat of the farcical Garth Brooks controversy that erupted two years ago which ended when the country singer's concerts were cancelled.

Hill 16 looms over the backgarden of Peter Branagan (60) of Clonliffe Road.

"My home is just 55 yards away and all the noise comes right into my house," he said.

"We will be very watchful that no attempts are made to exceed the limit of three concerts this year.

"We are ready to protest again if necessary. Building a concert stage can make a lot of noise and hammering until late for a week before a concert and taking it down can take another week."

Springsteen (65) will play at GAA headquarters on Friday, May 27, and tickets go on sale next Thursday at 9am. A second date will be added on May 29, if the first concert sells out.

The GAA have rescheduled two big games - Wexford and Kildare's football clash and Wexford and Dublin's hurling match - from that weekend to a week earlier.

And fans of Beyonce hope the US songstress will also headline at Croke Park sometime this year.

Eoin Russell (36), his wife Finola, and four young children live directly behind Hill 16 and they will oppose any attempt to seek a waiver of the three-event rule.

"There was a lot of vilification of residents after what happened with Garth Brooks," said Mr Russell. "We just want our children to be able to have a normal night's sleep," he said.

Local resident Mark O'Connor (64) said that he will also keep an eye on plans.

"The GAA are entitled to have three events in Croke Park this year. I will be against any attempt for an increase as it would disturb a lot of people," he said.

Eamon O'Brien, treasurer of the Croke Park Community and Handball Centre, said the GAA got "a bloody nose" and lost millions of euro in foregone profits in the Brooks debacle.

Many people will be keeping "a watching brief" to fight any moves for an increase in events.

Peter McKenna, Croke Park commercial director, said the GAA will sit down with the city council and authorities if a second date is needed.

"We have provided for May 29 should the artist want to use that. Our understanding is that Bruce's show is a phenomenal force when he gets going. He will play live for three and a half hours at a minimum," Mr McKenna said on Newstalk radio.




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