Why Ireland is number one for Garth Brooks

Country music star Garth Brooks has said that Ireland is his favourite country to perform.

The American was talking to BBC Ulster’s Talkback. He told presenter Wendy Austin: “No matter where I am in the world, when I am asked what place I like to sing, I say Ireland. It is just phenomenal.”

Garth Brooks. Photo copyright - Steve Jurvetson + Clindberg_CC2

Tickets for Brooks’ three shows at Croke Park sold out within hours. He’s now added a fourth show to meet the demand.

Brooks’ last appearance in Ireland is well remembered by all who were there, he even entered the stage on a zip wire.

He hasn’t sang in Ireland since that performance in Dublin 17 years ago, although he has been retired for the last 13 of those years.

During that time he has dedicated his life to raising his family. He said: “Thanks to you guys and thanks to God, financially, I was allowed the luxury of getting to stop what makes my living and raise my babies.”

Now Brooks’ children have all grown up he is ready to get back on the road and pick up where he left off. His time out of the limelight has done nothing to diminish his popularity, his concerts at Croke Park, Dublin sold out in just two hours.

Brooks said: “I cannot tell you how excited I am. You start the show on empty and you fill up as you go. What those people bring you, you couldn’t get anywhere else. It is the greatest feeling, next to being handed your own child.”

Fans of Brooks spent days camping outside music shops to buy tickets for his shows. Over 200,000 tickets for his three concerts have been sold and he is looking at the possibility of adding a fourth date.


Written by Michael Kehoe

Michael Kehoe

Michael Kehoe is a writer for Irish Music Daily and Ireland Calling.
His favourite Irish Music bands are Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys.
You can follow him on Twitter and

Did you know?


Singer songwriter Ed Sheeran performed an Irish language version of his smash single Thinking Out Loud on RTÉ 2fm. It was a great gesture from Sheeran to learn his own song in another language – and his performance came after a classic radio prank. Find out more.

Have you heard about…

A stunning former schoolhouse in Co Sligo was sold in 2017 and turned into a beautiful home. Take a look inside.

What about this…

‘The man who couldn’t be killed’ - firefighter Mike Molloy was an Irish emigrant living in New York in the early 20th century. He was the victim of a consistent series of murder attempts by an insurance fraud gang. Find out more.

Personalised framed prints

Illuminated Letters

Stunning Illuminated Letters based on the ancient Book of Kells

Michael Kehoe

Michael Kehoe is a writer for Irish Music Daily and Ireland Calling. His favourite Irish Music bands are Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys. You can follow him on Twitter and

You may also like...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Copy Protected by Chetan's WP-Copyprotect.