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Garth Brooks: Country star to play two dates in Ireland next July

Garth Brooks will play Croke Park on July 25th and July 26th next, it has been announced.

This is the first time Brooks has played in Ireland for 17 years.

The country superstar appeared in Dublin this morning for the special announcement at Croke Park.

Brooks last played in Croke Park in 1997, his last concert in Ireland.

He announced he would be returning to the same venue for the Irish leg of his tour 'The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event' in July.

Speaking earlier today, he said: "Before we go back on tour in the Fall of 2014, I want to challenge myself, the band, and crew. 

"In '97, we were lucky enough to play Croke Park, the stadium was under construction. 130,000+ of some of the greatest fans in the world. I was quoted then as saying 'When this stadium is finished, I would love to come back and try to fill it again...this time to the brink.'...and we're back to do just that.”

Aiken Promotions announced that tickets for Brooks' concert would go on sale on January 30th - and they're expected to sell fast. Tickets will be available from ticketmaster and all usual ticket outlets nationwide.

In 2001, Garth retired and moved back to Oklahoma to raise his children.

In 2008 The President Elect, himself, requested that Garth headline President Obama's Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. A crowd of over 300,000 did the "wave" to Garth's performance of "Shout" while the President sang along.

That same year the Governor of California asked Garth to help the State. Garth performed fve concerts in two days with the proceeds from 83,000 tickets sold donated to efforts to prevent fire catastrophes. Portions of the live concerts were shown as a TV special, "Garth Brooks: Live in L.A." allowing viewers to donate as well.

In December 2010, Garth finished an astonishing nine sold out concerts in 6 days to raise money for the flood relief efforts in Tennessee. ABC World News Tonight declared Garth ‘The Person of the Week’ and the Mayor of Nashville announced that this was a record December for downtown Nashville merchants due to over 145,000 who attended the concerts.

In January, 2012 he was named the best selling artist of the last two decades by Billboard, Nielson and Soundscan, with a whopping 68.5 million sales.

Garth was recently inducted into the International Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York as well as the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. In October he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Performing for his induction were his heroes George Strait, James Taylor and Bob Seger.

On November 29th, 2013, Garth took the night with almost nine million viewers watching his CBS special "Live From Las Vegas."

That very day Garth released his new boxed set, Blame It All On My Roots, which debuted for the 13th time in Garth's career at #1 on the country charts. The boxed set also rose to the top of the Billboard 200 Chart making it the 9th time Garth has been able to achieve that feat.

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