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Saturday 20 September 2014

Fans searching for answers

Eleanor Kennedy

Published 19/07/2014 | 12:00

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Annette Moran, Ballymote, will now lose the train tickets she had booked to Dublin.
Monty Monaghan, Ballysadare, had tickets for the Saturday night concert and had a hotel booked

Sligo Garth Brooks fans have been left bitterly disappointed after the American country music star announced all five of his scheduled Irish dates are cancelled.

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Sligo Garth Brooks fans have been left bitterly disappointed after the American country music star announced all five of his scheduled Irish dates are cancelled.

Lovers of the singer-songwriter are now searching for answers after forking out hundreds of euro on tickets, travel and accommodation for the event.

Olive Livingstone, a self-confessed Brooks "die-hard" had four tickets for the Saturday night concert.

She said: "I am a major Garth Brooks fan.

"I went to see him in Belfast and Croke Park when he was here last and I was even at his house in Nashville.

"I am so disappointed that the concerts are cancelled, I have no choice now but to travel abroad to see him live."

There is no doubt Olive's fandom is sincere, and the tattoo that can be seen on her forearm is evidence.

She even queued for more than 20 hours outside Liber Bookstore on O'Connell Street waiting to get tickets.

But Olive is not the only fan to go to such extremes.

Monty Monaghan, from Ballysadare, queued for 12 hours

He said: "We had tickets for the Saturday night concert and I'm extremely upset because my wife is a big fan.

"We were going with three other couples and had got Garth Brooks t-shirts and everything to wear on the night and had booked a hotel to stay in.

"It is really terrible for all the people who spent so much money and were looking forward to the gig."

The feeling of being let down is common among these Sligo fans.

Annette Moran from Ballymote had planned on going to the Friday night concert.

She admitted to "crying her eyes out" when she heard the news the events had been cancelled.

"I have been a massive fan of Garth Brooks since I was very small and when I heard he was coming to Ireland I was ecstatic.

"I knew I just had to get hold of some tickets.

"It's the disappointment first of all that the concert is cancelled as it would have been a dream come true to see him live, but I am also set back on the price of train tickets now so it has cost me largely."

Annette blames the Croke Park residents for the cancellations, saying that they "cost the country a great economic opportunity."

Monty Monaghan believes the blame should be shared equally between Dublin City Council and the residents, while Olive Livingstone says the council should take full responsibility.

Those with tickets for any of the five cancelled concerts must now contact Ticketmaster Ireland for a refund.

Tickets bought online or over the phone will automatically be refunded to the card used, but this may take seven to ten working days.

For tickets purchased through Ticketmaster ticket centres, a refund form is available from the company's website.

Liber Bookstore, Sligo, had no comment.

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