Garth Brooks mania hit Dundalk last week when local fans started to camp outside Dundalk’s only Ticketmaster outlet at News and Deli on Park Street on Monday , in a bid to secure tickets that went on sale on Thursday!
Two such dedicated fans who were first in line to get their tickets were Dundalk girls Trish Conroy and Nicola Elder.
“We started queuing at midnight on Monday”, said Trish, “We queued for a total of sixty hours and did not move from the door except to go to the toilet and brush our teeth”!
Trish said other people may have gotten their tickets online easily but she wasn’t taking any chances.
“It was definitely worth it to ensure we got the tickets we wanted and we had great craic over the few days chatting with everyone in the queue and having sing songs.
“We had people calling over to us all the time and some friends would have loved to have joined us but couldn’t because of work.
“We were also quite lucky with the weather, even though it was raining from time to time it was never heavy apart from for a few minutes one night”.
Community spirit was alive and well in the town as local businesses did their bit to look after their friends in low places.
Black and White Living took the opportunity to brighten the Garth Brooks fans day with a delivery of complimentary coffee while Tonys Takeaway made sure they didn’t go hungry.
Meanwhile Sonja van Kelkeren of News and Deli had tea and coffee on stand by at all times and Sevens Cabs and Coach Hire provided a bus for campers on Wednesday night.
“We never went hungry and were well looked after”, said Trisha.
The Garth Brooks tickets sold out in under 90 minutes despite an extra date being added for the Sunday the 27th of July.
There have been some online buyers disappointed not to have been able to secure their tickets but these devoted fans weren’t left empty handed.
“Everyone that was with us at the front of the queue got the tickets they wanted”, said Trish. “I was so emotional and started crying when I got my tickets as I was so happy.
“The lack of sleep probably had something to do with it too!
“I got a ticket for my friend who was on holidays as well and she started crying when I rang her to tell her the news.
“Afterward I went straight home and went straight to bed. I was exhausted but I don’t regret any of it.
“People either hate or love Garth Brooks and I love him. This will be my first time seeing him and I can’t wait for July to come round”.
Fans of the country singer will be happy to know that after selling out three dates in Croke Park, Brooks has added another night and will perform on Monday, July 28.
Tickets go on sale this Thursday at 9am and News and Deli will reopen their doors again for sale of tickets.