Whether it’s Garth Brooks or Dolly Parton, why the Irish have a deep connection to American country music

A friend of mine moved from Texas to Wicklow when he was a child. He hadn’t realized he had changed countries in years – he was at a chicken farm in Avoca, and everyone was listening to Charley Pride.

remembered this story this week when Garth Brooks made his triumphant return to Ireland. This explains the connection that those of us who come from outside the capital have with the country superstar and with the country music itself.

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