Saturday 24 June 2017

A nation divided: Five moments in Irish history that have split the country like Garth Brooks

'This wouldn't have happened in Bertie's day'

Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

The never ending nightmare that has hung over the country, like a “dark cloud” according to the man himself, has been the epic to-ing and fro-ing as a solution to the Garth Brooks ‘Comeback Special’ crisis was sought.

Newspapers screamed the country superstar’s name daily, Google alerts worked overtime to keep up with ‘Garth Brooks’ search term, death threats were even made as the fate of the shows hung in the balance. Entertainment editors felt like they were in a time warp as ‘good’ music was abandoned in the quest for something purer than talent.

But whether you’re completely and utterly fed up with the entire fiasco – many ticketholders have expressed their hope that there is no resolution so they can simply get their funds back – there can be no doubt that emotions were overwrought and sides were firmly taken.   

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