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Thursday 21 August 2014

Garth Brooks train tickets arrive before gigs get go-ahead

Joyce Fegan

Published 08/05/2014 | 10:06

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Garth Brooks: sell-out concerts at Croke Park. Getty Images
Garth Brooks: sell-out concerts at Croke Park. Getty Images

IRISH Rail is running late night trains for the five sold out Garth Brooks' gigs even though licences for the concerts have not yet been granted.

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Local councillor Nial Ring has questioned how Irish Rail can advertise for the tickets when the licence hasn’t been officially granted.

“I didn't see anything on the Irish Rail website saying these tickets were being sold subject to licence. Do they know something we don't know?” he said.

The tickets for the late night trains to Cork, Galway and Limerick went on sale yesterday and according to Irish Rail's website, “tickets for special services are non-refundable.”

However, Irish Rail’s Barry Kenny told the Herald  that “if the concerts don't go ahead the tickets will be refunded.”

The public have until May 21 to submit queries over the granting of the concert licences and, according to sources, Dublin City Council (DCC), who holds the authority to greenlight the gigs, is expecting plenty of submissions.

DCC currently has less than 30 submissions objecting to the five extra concerts that contravene an agreement between Croke Park residents and the GAA.

Croke Park residents plan to submit their objections to DCC this Monday. Locals hope an oral hearing will be granted.

Mr Kenny said Irish Rail took the decision to put on the late night trains “as soon as tickets for the concerts went on sale”.

“Hotels are putting up their prices and it's going to be an expensive night out and not everyone is going to be able to afford a hotel so we look at putting on late trains straight away,” explained Mr Kenny.

“While I admire Irish Rail's marketing initiative I think they could have waited to see if the concerts are actually going to take place,” said Mr Ring.

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