Croke Park residents: Rolling Stones concert is taking the Mick

by Dublin Gazette
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Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger

It might only be rock and roll, but not everyone likes it, as local Croke Park residents are raising concerns over The Rolling Stones’ upcoming gig at the stadium.

On Monday, Aiken Promotions announced that The Rolling Stones will take to the stage at GAA headquarters on May 14 – their first Irish gig in a decade.

Fans took to social media in their droves to voice their excitement for The Stones’ return, with Twitter users saying they’re eager to snap up tickets.

However, a local residents group – Clonliffe & Croke Park Area Residents’ Association – have said that the concert will cause an “impact on the movement” of local residents.

The Rolling Stones gig will take place on a Thursday, which the group have said will affect local residents returning home from school and college.

A group representative, Robbie Cousins, told Dublin Gazette: “There is no doubt that the proposed concert, should it be approved, would have an impact on schools and local residential amenity.

“An increase in the number of concerts, particularly midweek, not only will impact on the local community but will impact on the movement of people as they try to get home in the evenings after school and work.”

Public relations officer for the group, Colm Stephens, said that the fact the concert is taking place midweek will be disruptive for those studying for state exams in June.

He said: “Living next to Croke Park during a concert is like living next to a night club with 80,000 people in it. The resulting noise and disruption is an unacceptable intrusion into ordinary people’s lives and is made worse by the fact that the concert is planned for a school night when many young people are preparing for Leaving and Junior Cert or college exams.”

Three concerts are already set to take place in Croke Park this year, with Taylor Swift selling out two dates at the stadium, and Michael Buble also due to take to the stage.

The Clonliffe & Croke Park Area Residents’ Association have said an additional fourth concert in the stadium will contravene planning permission given by An Bord Pleanala in 1993.

The permission granted for the redevelopment of Croke Park stated, “special events such as concerts…shall not exceed three per annum”.

Dublin Gazette contact Aiken Promotions for comment, but had not heard back by the time of going to print.

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