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Dublin residents cause Garth Brooks to cancel shows

Garth Brooks forced to cancel shows in Dublin
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Last week the Dublin City Council granted permission for three Garth Brooks concerts, which Brooks traveled to Ireland earlier this year to promote.

Due to unprecedented demand, the original plan to hold three shows quickly turned into five shows and 400,000 tickets were sold.

Croke Park, where the country concerts were to be held, is located in a residential area north of town. The agreement the GAA, owners of Croke Park, has with residents is that a maximum of three concerts will be held in the sports venue each year. The council stated that granting all five concerts would more than double the promised limit of three concerts per year. One Direction held three shows at the venue in May of this year.

Once residents found out about the two additional shows, they threatened legal action.

Brooks was asked to choose which concerts he would perform and which he would not.

“It’s all or nothing,” Brooks said. He agreed to do all five shows or none at all.

Enda Kenny, Irish prime minister, said the entire situation had been very badly handled and was damaging to the country. Many fans had booked travel arrangements, taken time off of work, booked hotel reservations and invested in this concert.

Wednesday morning, on America’s Morning Show with Blair Garner in Nashville, an Ireland resident called in to discuss the situation. He stated that the town knew this was bad for their businesses. “One hotel estimated they will lose out on 1.1 million euros…and that is just one hotel,” he said.

The chief executive of Dublin’s chamber of commerce has estimated that lost revenue for Dublin businesses may be close to 50 million euros (about 68 million US dollars).