Wednesday 21 February 2018

Garth Brooks has 'no plans' to come to Ireland next year - singer's manager

Garth Brooks.
Garth Brooks.
Garth Brooks.

Geraldine Gittens and Ralph Riegel

Garth Brooks will not play Ireland until at least 2018, his manager has confirmed.

Bob Doyle, Garth Brooks’ manager has denied reports that the country music star would GAA's Páirc Uí Chaoimh stadium in Cork.

“We have no plans to tour outside North America through 2017,” the manager told today’s Irish Sun.

Yesterday, the Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Des Cahill, took to Twitter and local radio in Cork to hint that negotiations were already underway for a series of blockbuster gigs to re-launch the famous stadium.

Proposed gigs by Garth Brooks and Adele were mentioned.

But in response, a spokesperson for Aiken Promotions, which was the promoter for Garth Brooks' doomed gigs in Croke Park in 2014, said there were "no plans" for an Irish Garth Brooks gig.

Meanwhile, MCD productions, which organises Irish gigs for Adele, said they hadn’t “heard anything about it.”

Major concerts over the years at the Cork GAA headquarters have included gigs by Michael Jackson, U2, Prince and Oasis.

However, unlike Croke Park and Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney, Cork hasn't witnessed many major concerts at Pairc Ui Chaoimh over recent years.

That is now about to change thanks to the lavish stadium revamp which is currently still under construction.

When completed next year, Pairc Ui Chaoimh will rank as one of the premier sporting facilities in the country.

Brooks sold out five gigs at Croke Park but they were eventually cancelled amid a planning wrangle.

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