That Croke Park five-in-a-row. Tis impossible really - not even Garth could manage it

‘And Mr Brooks, I just want to say I love your music’

Garth Brooks in Croke Park after announcing details of his concerts.

Garth Brooks in Croke Park after announcing details of his concerts.

Sat, Jul 5, 2014, 14:00

Phone ringing in Croke Park.

“Cumann Luthchleas Gael?”

“Howdy. May I speak to your President? ’Cos my heart’s breakin’ here. I called the house but no one answered. I thought we had a friendship.”

“Is this John Delaney again? May I ask who’s calling?”

“Sure can, Ma’am. It’s Garth here. Garth Brooks.”

“Is this a prank? If that’s you, Shane Curran . . .”

“No Ma’am. This is Garth. I promise.”

“Sweet Mother of Mercy. I’m really sorry, Mr Brooks . . . I think an tUachtarain may be out . . .”

“Slipped on down to the oasis, huh?”

“Well, you see, he has a meeting with the Central Disciplinary Committee, lunch with the Central Competitions Control Committee and then he has to set up an advisory committee on the establishment of new committees.”

“Woh! Sounds heavy. Well, if you could just let me have a word, I’d be mighty appreciative. ‘Cause what your doin’ now, it’s tearin me apart.”

“I’ll just see if he’s still in the office. And Mr Brooks?”

“Yes M’am?”

“I just want to say I love your music. Sure we’re all devastated about this in Ireland. I’ve all your albums! I’d never have learned the line dancing if it wasn’t for you. Met my husband at your concert in the Point in ‘94. We were there to see you in Croke Park in ‘97. Best show I was ever at. Better than Billy Jo-el even.”

“Well, that kills me. It really does. When we were talkin’ about a comeback, Cro-park was the only place. You guys knew how to have a great time. And you know every word of every song. And I told you then, M’am. I said it to the people of Ireland that night in Cro-park: ‘I promise you. If you wait for me, I’ll be back’.”

[Muttering]“You took your feckin’ time about it, though. Garth, we all had tickets for this year. Fifty-five of us going. Himself camped out overnight for the tickets in January . . .”

“Well M’am. I’m just so blessed and grateful to hear you say that. Ireland’s home for us. I feel like an adopted son here. Cro-park. This is the place. We just want to have fun. Make history. Now, operator, won’t you put me on through . . .”

“Lord above, Garth. You’re making me cry here. And you’re not even singing! I’ll just connect you. Hold the line.”

“God bless, M’am.”

Phone rings again:

“Garth, a chairde. What can I say? It’s a sad day for the association, for Gaels and fans of country everywhere.”

“Mr President, I sure am pleased to speak with you. And I just want to say to you that, Hey, I didn’t mean . . . to cause a big scene. Just give me an hour and then.”

“Garth, a stor, Garth. Sure, it’s not your fault at all. It’s the bloody committee. They’ve thrown a spanner in the works.”

Sign In

Forgot Password?

Sign Up

The name that will appear beside your comments.

Have an account? Sign In

Forgot Password?

Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In or Sign Up

Thank you

You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.

Hello, .

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

Thank you for registering. Please check your email to verify your account.

We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.
From Monday 20th October 2014 we're changing how readers sign-in to comment, click here for more information.