Garth Brooks fans stage Dublin protest

Published Saturday, 12 July 2014
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A small number of Garth Brooks fans have held a protest in Dublin city centre.

Garth Brooks fans stage Dublin protest
The protest took place in Dublin on Saturday. (© UTV)

The demonstration on Saturday comes after the council only permitted three of the country singer's five gigs to go ahead at Croke Park.

It is still unclear whether any of the shows will take place in two week's time.

Ciaran Dempsey from Ballymun in Dublin, who camped out earlier this year to buy tickets for two of the concerts, said the city is "the laughing stock of Europe" over the cancellations.

"I think it's a big waste to the Garth Brooks fans and a big waste to the Dublin economy," he said.

"The amount of money is not to be ignored. Hotels are going to lose out, bars, shops, everything's going to be affected - we're the laughing stock of Europe if not the world after this."

During the week Garth Brooks rejected a compromise offer of two matinee shows and three night-time concerts saying it "cannot possibly compare" to the original five night run.

His publicist Nancy Seltzer said: "To treat 160,000 people differently than all the rest who will be seeing the show the way it was meant and created is wrong.

"He does not understand why it is once again put upon him to treat people less than they deserve to be treated and he still returns to why did they allow five shows to be sold and all these people to be disappointed. It is not his decision; it is, with the greatest of respect, the city council's."

Brooks had sold 400,000 tickets for the five summer shows.

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5 Comments
Linda in Portadown wrote (132 days ago):
Odyssey belfast...let Northern Ireland host his concerts
tommy in Belfast wrote (133 days ago):
There was only 3 shows and he was greedy and wanted 5 shows.. Lets go back to the 3 shows..
Sean og in Co Down wrote (133 days ago):
DCC nead to be given their P45 their actions have cost Ireland dearly.
edel in derry wrote (134 days ago):
So fed up with it all now, all the hassle has took the shine of the concert for me,dont care if I go now or not!
Eddie in Dublin wrote (134 days ago):
The solution is five nights of Gareth Gates and Elkie Brooks!
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