This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.
Dublin: 3 °C Tuesday 28 January, 2020

It's exactly a year since Ireland lost its bloody mind

It’s now just a terrible, horrible memory.

ONE YEAR AGO today, tickets for a certain concert at a certain stadium in Dublin’s north inner city went on sale.

The artist? G**th Br**ks.

The tickets? Initially two nights worth at Croke Park (around 170,000) climbing to five nights worth (around 400,000).

The hype: Astronomical

The disappointment: Unbelievable

On 29 January 2014 people started queuing to purchase tickets to the (then) two gigs announced for Croke Park for summer 2014.

A makeshift camp in Newcastle Co.Down

down Source: Stephen Graham



dundalkgarth-630x472 Source: Pat O'Shaughnessy

At 9am on 30 January, the tickets went on sale. They sold out, fast. Then a third date was added, and they sold out too.

In fact, in just 90 minutes, Garth Brooks sold one ticket for every 25 people in Ireland.

tix Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

People were desperate to get their paws on them.

daily Source:

pleas Source:

snow Source:

They weren’t to know that just days later, two more dates would be added, bringing the total amount spent on Garth Brooks tickets to Ireland to €28m.

They also weren’t to know that it would all be cruelly ripped away from them.

Today, we remember those fallen tickets, those crushed line dancing hopes, those friends in the lowest of places.

  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article

About the author:

Emer McLysaght

Read next: