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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Dublin City Council hopes Aiken 'will reconsider' cancellation of Garth Brooks concerts

Published 08/07/2014 | 18:28

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Dublin City Council (DCC) has expressed their disappointment at Aiken Promotions’ decision not to proceed with the three Garth Brooks concerts that had been licensed for Croke Park.

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In a statement released this evening the DCC said it has "sympathy for those ticket holders who purchased tickets for the performances".

"Dublin City Council hopes that Aiken Promotions will reconsider its decision," read the statement, reiterating that the DCC granted a licence for three concerts.

Earlier today, Aiken Promotions and GAA announced the news that the five concert Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event at Croke Park will not go ahead.

Ticketmaster also sent out a statement and said they are working on a plan to make the cancellation process 'as simple and convenient as possible for customers'.

Some 400,000 fans have already purchased to the sold-out shows which were scheduled to go ahead later this month.

Planning permission for two of the concerts was turned down by city chiefs over an agreement between the GAA and Croke Park residents that there would be a maximum amount of events held in the stadium.

It was originally reported that promotor Peter Aiken has flown out to meet Garth Brooks in a last ditch effort to save the concerts.

However, it has been confirmed this evening that Mr Aiken did not leave for the US but remains in constant contact with the country star.

Croke Park Streets Committee chairman Eamon O’Brien said this evening he was 'shocked more than delighted' when he heard the news this evening.

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