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  • Northside West

Stones’ gig sparks fury

Wednesday, 7th March, 2018 8:00am
Stones’ gig sparks fury

The Rolling Stones are hoping permission is granted for the Croke Park gig, which kicks off their European tour.

Stones’ gig sparks fury

The Rolling Stones are hoping permission is granted for the Croke Park gig, which kicks off their European tour.

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RESIDENTS in Drumcondra are preparing for yet another battle to prevent a high profile concert taking place in Croke Park.

An estimated 150 residents turned up for a public meeting last week to discuss the recent announcement that The Rolling Stones are pencilled in to play the stadium on May 17.

The meeting was called by Clonliffe and Croke Park Area Residents' Association (C&CPARA), which represents locals who live within the cordon-off area around Croke Park.

The C&CPARA encouraged residents to submit objections to the application for an event licence for the gig submitted to Dublin City Council on behalf of Aiken Promotions.

Under planning permission for the redevelopment of Croke Park in 1992, An Bord Pleanála determined that there should be a maximum of three special events or concerts a year in Croke Park.

Tickets are already on sale for three concerts in Croke Park in 2018 with Taylor Swift playing two dates in June and Michael Bublé performing once in July.

However, following the Garth Brooks fiasco in 2014 when an application to hold five gigs caused a major national controversy, chief executive officer of Dublin City Council, Owen Keegan, said “an additional concert would not be considered a significant breach of the original permission”.

But Pat Gates, chairperson of C&CPARA, says locals are adamant that no more than three events should be allowed.

"Our position has been consistent and clear,” he said.

“Three concerts is the maximum number of concerts allowed under planning permission granted by An Bord Pleanála – this cap should be respected.

“The reason for the cap is to maintain a reasonable quality of life for those who live in this part of the city and the amenities of the area.”

Colm Stephens, PRO of the residents' association, outlined what it’s like in the area when a concert is held.

"Living next to Croke Park during a concert is like living next to nightclub with 80,000 people in it,” he said.

“On top of that, there will be 18 continuous days, including weekends, of construction work between the hours of 8am and as late as 1am before and after the concert.

“The resulting noise and disruption is an unacceptable intrusion into ordinary people’s lives and is made worse by the fact that this concert is planned for a school night when many young people are preparing for Leaving and Junior Cert or college exams.

“The traffic plan for the concert calls for the closing of various roads on a weekday. 

“Some of these are roads that are important as commuter routes and they want to close them during the rush hour leading on to the day of the concert – a large portion of the north side of the city is going to come to a standstill if this concert goes ahead.”

Tickets for the Croke Park gig, which kicks off the Rolling Stones’ ‘No Filters’ tour in Europe, are planned to go on sale on Friday, March 23, subject to a successful licence application. 

“We are looking forward to getting back onstage in the summer and playing to fans in the UK and Ireland,” said lead singer Mick Jagger.

“It’s always exhilarating going to cities we haven’t played for quite a while.”

The Rolling Stones first played in Dublin back in January 1965 when they performed two gigs at the Adelphi Theatre.

They returned later that year in September to play another two shows at the same venue.

By the time they returned to Ireland more than a decade and a half later in 1982, the Stones were established as one of the biggest bands in the world.

An estimated 70,000 fans packed into the grounds of Slane Castle after paying £12 each for a ticket to see them play in glorious sunshine.

They returned to Slane again in August 2007 for what many believe was their best performance in Ireland.

The Rolling Stones are hoping permission is granted for the Croke Park gig, which  kicks off their European tour.

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