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Garth Brooks sings at playground before Croke Park shows

Singing his hit “The Dance” as he posed for photos, a huge crowd gathered around the performer. In case you have been hiding out for the past few days, country music superstar Garth Brooks is in Dublin this weekend for the first two of five sold-out shows.

After a successful Friday night performance, Garth is gearing up for another stellar Saturday evening show. However, the 160,000 people who have crammed into Croker are not the only ones who get to see him play this weekend. In fact, on Saturday, the country music artist took a stroll across Dublin and ended up at an impromptu sing-along with fans in Portland Place.

As the artist posed for photos, the crowd began singing his classic “The Dance.” Local TD Gary Gannon’s mom got to meet her hero, and he Tweeted a video of the incredible experience. A cynic about the whole situation, he added, “Cynical as you can be about the whole thing, Garth Brooks is currently having a sing-song with me Ma and all the women of Portland Place in the playground, and it is absolutely lovely.”

On Friday night, Ireland welcomed back country music icon Brooks for his first concert here since the late ’90s. Even though five of his concerts in 2014 were canceled due to protesters, Garth was in no mood for introspection on Friday as he shed tears in front of a live audience.

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Songs like “Friends in Low Place,” “Rodeo,” “The Dance,” “Calling Baton Rouge,” “The Thunder Rolls,” and “That Summer” were among those performed by the American native. The set list also included surprising renditions of Shallow, which he sang with his wife Trisha Yearwood, as well as covers of Don McLean’s American Pie and Billy Joel’s Piano Man.


Today, the residents of Portland Place, a neighborhood in North Dublin, were taken aback when musical legend Garth Brooks showed up unexpectedly at the playground. Over the next two weeks, the country music legend will perform five different gigs at Croke Park. Thousands of fans make the trek to DC to see the Tomorrow Never Comes singer perform.

The celebrity started an impromptu sing-along in the park, and a lot of locals showed out to join in. The US singer-songwriter met with his devoted followers at a nearby park and posed for photos that have since gone viral on the Internet. Dublin Central TD Gary Gannon, whose mother was in attendance, captured the moment on camera. He posted a video of the unexpected happening on Twitter.

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Cynical as you can be about the whole thing, Garth Brooks is currently having a sing-song with me, Ma, and all the women of Portland Place on the playground. It is perfectly lovely, according to a representative of the local government. Throughout the video, Garth Brooks smiles and even sings a few lines of the song The Dance alongside his adoring fans, who pose for photos while belting it out.

Thanks to Garth, chants can be heard above the music.

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