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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Cancelled gigs would cost coach firm 'small fortune'

Niamh Keegan

Published 19/07/2014 | 12:00

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Country music star Garth Brooks speaks at a news conference on Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Brooks, one of the last musicians to refuse put his music on iTunes, said he will make his songs available digitally though his own website. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Country music star Garth Brooks speaks at a news conference on Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Brooks, one of the last musicians to refuse put his music on iTunes, said he will make his songs available digitally though his own website. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

LOCAL COACH operators will be left counting the cost if the cancelled Garth Brooks concerts are not rescheduled..

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LOCAL COACH operators will be left counting the cost if the cancelled Garth Brooks concerts are not rescheduled..

Fleetline Coaches, run by Wexford man John Kehoe, said he had planned to bring 100 people per day on two coaches to the country and western singer's five concerts at €20 a person.

'The cancellation has cost us a small fortune.

'We have lost a turnover of about €10,000 over the five days and that would have been the biggest event of the summer for us,' he said.

'It's very disappointing and ridiculous that a small group of residents in Croke Park can stop concerts that could have generated around €50 million for this country. Would it happen anywhere else? Only in Ireland,' he added.

John who runs the 25 year old private coach business, recommended that all concerts in future only be announced once the promoters have the licence and suggested that perhaps Aiken Promotions had compounded the situation when they opted to increase the number of concerts from three to five. 'They should have stayed with three concerts and then everyone would have made a few quid,' he said.

Andrew Nash, who runs Nash Coaches, in Taghmon, said he had also planned to bring some 80 fans from the village and surrounding area to the hugely popular concerts.

He wouldn't commment on how much he had lost as a result of the cancellations.

Over 400,000 fans purchased tickets for the American singer's five concerts but Dublin city chiefs refused planning permission for two of the concerts over an agreement between stadium owners the GAA and residents in the area.

Garth however refused to revert to just three concerts issuing an ultimatum of five concerts or none at all.

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