Saturday 25 February 2017

400,000 reasons why big acts may not want to have a Dublin stopover

Kim Bielenberg

Kim Bielenberg

Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton

The report that flashed around the world on the Associated Press newswire yesterday afternoon summed it up pithily: "Like an ill-fated romance in a country song, Garth Brooks and Dublin just weren't meant to be."

The country crooner's fans probably wept while his detractors gloated with unseemly glee, but whatever one's attitude there is no doubt that the cancellation of five concerts at Croke Park will leave a collective hole in Dublin's pocket.

It is not just the estimated €50m loss to the economy caused by the decision of Brooks to cancel all five concerts (or as some might justly argue, throw his toys out of the pram).

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