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Will tomorrow ever come? Garth Brooks fans queue up in Limerick

Donna Fleming, Moyross and Denise Slattery, Ballynanty, first in the queue for Garth Brooks tickets and, below, a group of ardent  fans queue on Mulgrave Street for tickets to his Croke Park shows in July. Pictures: Adrian Butler

Donna Fleming, Moyross and Denise Slattery, Ballynanty, first in the queue for Garth Brooks tickets and, below, a group of ardent fans queue on Mulgrave Street for tickets to his Croke Park shows in July. Pictures: Adrian Butler

  • by Alan Owens
 

AT least 100 or more brave Garth Brooks fans were wondering if tomorrow would ever come as they queued for tickets, braving extreme conditions for the chance to see the country superstar in Croke Park this July.

A line snaked its way from the door of Gleeson’s Sports Scene on Mulgrave Street - now Limerick’s Ticketmaster outlet - all the way around the corner to Cathedral Place, with ardent fans refusing to sit down until the sun comes up this Thursday morning and tickets go on sale.

City man Rob Coyle started queueing at 7pm this Tuesday to get tickets for himself and his partner, and said he had a poignant reason for seeing Brooks’ comeback special this summer.

“I saw him when I was ten or eleven, my parents brought me,” explained the 30 year old. “It was always on in the house. I grew up constantly listening to him.

“My parents saw him in ‘97, they went by themselves and halfway through the concert my father turned to my mam and said they should have brought me and he actually passed away the following day.

“There is a big connection there. Now I have my kids dancing around the kitchen, line-dancing and loving it as well,” added Rob of his seven and four year olds, who have caught the Garth Brooks ‘bug’.

“I don’t know - it is contagious,” laughed Rob in a vain attempt to explain the Oklahoma superstar’s popularity.

At the top of the queue, four friends from the northside of the city huddled together, taking it in shifts for a group boasting 20 hardcore fans, all desperate to secure tickets.

“As a group we have been here since 1.30pm yesterday (Tuesday),” said Caroline Halvey from Moyross, who said the group were “big fans”.

“He is unreal, he is fabulous, a legend. I have been a fan for years. We are all hoping to go together, there is nearly 20 of us all going up on a bus,” she said.

Donna Fleming, also from Moyross, said temperatures dropped below freezing over night on Wednesday.

“Last night was freezing. It dropped to about minus three or four at half three in the morning for about two hours. It was freezing but we had hot water bottles and were well prepared but you can’t sleep,” she explained, to nods of agreement from pals Denise Slattery, Ballananty and Rachel Hannon from Kileely.

“It has been fun, the atmosphere has been great, we have been playing Garth and people have been singing away,” she added with a laugh.

Tickets for the Croke Park shows - billed the “Comeback Special Event” - go on sale at 9am this Thursday morning across Ticketmaster outlets.

 

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