COUNTRY superstar Garth Brooks might well have friends in low places but he could also have tens of thousands of fans flocking to Killarney if one local businessman has his way.
Hotelier and councillor Niall O’Callaghan wants to invite the music legend to perform in the 38,000 capacity Fitzgerald Stadium for a full week of concerts at a time and date that suits the star’s schedule.
He was inspired to issue the invitation when he watched a Garth Brooks documentary on Netflix which shows one of the world’s biggest music stars joining his mother, Colleen McElroy Carroll, in a song all about Killarney.
They sat on the couch at home in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the 1990s for a duet of the Bing Crosby classic lullaby Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ra which features the lyrics: Over in Killarney, many years ago, my mother sang a song to me in tones so soft and low.
Now Cllr O’Callaghan feels the time is right to appeal to the 58-year-old star’s sense of nostalgia and family values by inviting him to perform in Killarney.
“He wasn’t too happy in the documentary when he was recalling the saga that surrounded the cancellation of planned five concerts in Croke Park in 2014 but now Killarney can make it up to him by inviting him to play for a week in the town he sang about with his mom,” Cllr O’Callaghan told KillarmeyToday.com.
“He was clearly very emotional in the documentary when it came to that song so maybe he would love the opportunity to play in Killarney,” he added.
The councillor and hotelier is hoping that top promoter Peter Aiken and Brooks’ management might consider the proposal and he said Killarney is the ideal venue with the perfect infrastructure for what would be guaranteed a full week of sell-out concerts.
“Fitzgerald Stadium is one of the premier venues in the country and it already hosted big concerts with the likes of Rod Stewart, David Gray, Pink and many more.
“Whatever about Croke Park and Dublin, if Garth Brooks is coming over the hill and into town we’ll make sure every gate in Fitzgerald Stadium is open to welcome him,” O’Callaghan said.
And if tomorrow never comes, at least the local hotelier can say that he tried his best to lure the singer who sold more albums than Elvis to town.
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