After a 17 year wait, Garth Brooks has announced his Irish comeback with two very special gigs at Croke Park in Dublin on July 25 and 26, 2014. Click the link above to watch our interview with the country superstar!

The 51-year-old crooner from Oklahoma flew into Dublin yesterday (January 20) to announce the news in person, saying that there was no other place in the world he could think of that was more perfect for him to make his highly-anticipated return to touring.

In 2001 Brooks announced his retirement so he could spend time being a dad. Since then he has only performed at a number of high-profile charity events. In 2009 he began a five-year-residency at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas and now he is ready to tour the world again - first stop Ireland.

Speaking to RTÉ Ten's Suzanne Byrne, Garth explained why he wanted his comeback to begin in Croker: "It was Bob Doyle my manager who said that if we are going to show ourselves to people again I sure would like the venue to be perfect and for everything to be like it was, to show them that no time has passed. And I said well if you want a place like that, I think it would have to be Croke Park."

He also promised that his July concerts are going to be even better than the last time he played Croke Park in 1997. "My job is to better that. Our job is to come out here and have more fun, be more loud, be more everything and just have fun with it - and this is the place you can do that."

Tickets for Garth Brooks on July 25 and 26, priced €65.45, go on sale at 9am on January 30.

Click the link above to check out the full interview.