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Countdown to five Garth Brooks concerts at Croke Park is on

Countdown to five Garth Brooks concerts at Croke Park is on
Garth Brooks promotes Croke Park concerts, ยฉ PA Archive/PA Images

The countdown to five Garth Brooks concerts at Croke Park is on.

It's being dubbed one of the biggest cultural events in Ireland, with over 400-thousand people expected to attend.

The country music star will play this weekend, with two more gigs next week.

The American singer will begin the five nights of concerts this Friday after famously scrapping the same number of shows in 2014.

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Jim Clark from Aiken promotions says itโ€™s about putting that right.

"The unique cultural element is that I don't think we had so many people from the country as whole, this is a celebration right across Ireland."

He also says people are travelling from right around the country and abroad.

"Normally at an event here, we would expect 40 - 50% of people to come form the greater Dublin area.

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"On this occasion it is roughly 15%.

"32% are coming from the province of Ulster.

"Significant numbers from each county, so you can just imagine how committed they are to Garth Brooks."

The Gaelic games stadium in Dublin is preparing for the equivalent of five All Ireland finals ahead of the Garth Brooks gigs.

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Eamon Oโ€™Boyle, event controller, says fans will be treated to a spectacular one-off stage.

"A lot of the time stadiums where they take place are generally soccer stadiums which are a lot smaller.

"The reality is that Croke Park is almost as wide as a soccer pitch is long.

Extra public transport is being put in place for the duration of the gigs in Dublin.

Superintendent Martin Mooney says there will be extra buses, trains and trams operating.

"From 3pm, the hard cordon goes in place and that is basically the roads around the environs of Croke Park will be in lock down."

Peter McKenna is the stadium director of Croke Park.

"This is a phenomenal event to come to Croke Park, 400,000 people for an icon and a world superstar

"I'd like to thank Peter Aiken for sticking with this over a large number of years.

"It's been 8 years in total since the first concerts were thought of."

Attendees are being reminded that thereโ€™s no support act.

People are being advised to arrive on time, with gates open at 5pm and the show starting at 7.30pm sharp.

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