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return of the garth

Fresh from the horse's mouth: 'I'd love to play in Dublin again'

It seems Ireland is still in Garth Brooks’ heart.

Garth Brooks Garth Brooks singing at Yankee Stadium last month. Julie Jacobson Julie Jacobson

GARTH BROOKS SAYS wants to come back and play in Dublin.

In a Facebook Live webchat with some of his fans earlier this week, the country and western music legend spoke of his desire to come back to Ireland.

Brooks was at the centre of an infamous summer-long saga in 2014 when his scheduled five night run in Croke Park wasn’t granted permission to go ahead.

In the years since, there have been frequent rumours that he’s planning a return but no firm plans have ever been discussed.

Although Brooks discussed no firm plans on Monday either, when asked by a fan named Chris if he’d like to play somewhere he hasn’t played before, Brooks only had thoughts for Ireland.

Even if he’s already played here on several memorable occasions.

(He speaks about Ireland about 12.05 mins in)

“I’ve been lucky to play in a lot of places. I don’t think I’ll ever get to play all the places I want to play,” the singer said.

“Because the main ingredient of any place I want to play is the sincerity of the people who are there that want to hear it. When people say, ‘hey man is there a place you haven’t played yet?’”

There’s a place that I haven’t played that I’ve played before, if this makes any sense, Dublin, Ireland. How can I say it any more than that? Cross your heart I’d love to play there again.

The most recent rumours surrounding a return of Garth saw Lord Mayor of Cork, Des Cahill, bringing up the prospect of the Oklahoma songman playing in Páirc Ui Chaoimh next year. His management company said no such plans have been made.

Read: Garth Brooks isn’t coming to Dublin and he’s not happy he’s being ‘used for publicity for a play’ >

Read: Here’s how we’re going to avoid another Garth Brooks ‘fiasco’ >

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