Tuesday 21 October 2014

Flogging a dead horse ... star's T-shirts going for a song at fair

Published 15/07/2014 | 02:30

Street trader William O’Connor tempts visitors to the fair with his bargain Garth Brooks T-shirts. Michael Mac Sweeney

HORSE breeders may have been heaving a sigh of relief at recovering prices but it was a tough day for street traders at one of Ireland's oldest horse fairs.

Hawkers at Cahirmee Fair in Buttevant, Co Cork, decided to cut their losses on the Garth Brooks soap opera.

Trader William O'Connor wasn't waiting for final confirmation about the on-off Dublin gigs – and luckily for him, given the fact that it's now officially all over.

William decided to offload more than €10,000 worth of special T-shirts printed to celebrate the Oklahoma singer's planned return to Ireland.

T-shirts were being sold at just €10 – a big discount on the €30 asked by the likes of Neil Young and Bryan Adams for concert souvenirs. "It's a disaster for everyone," William glumly admitted.

Irish Independent

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