Tuesday 25 June 2019

'They're saying Ireland can't get its act together' - Irish fan travelling from New York to see Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks fan Corina Galvin
Garth Brooks fan Corina Galvin

An Irish Garth Brooks fan living in New York thinks the cancellation of two of the singer's gigs at Croke Park "sends a bad message to the rest of the world".

Corina Galvin, originally from Mayo, but living in Queens was planning to fly to Dublin from New York to see her idol on Sunday July 28.

"I think it sends a bad message to the rest of the world," she said. "Ireland did such a good job with The Gathering last year and tourism numbers are up.

"In one sense Enda Kenny's saying we're an open, welcoming country and on the other hand he can't figure this out.

"Over here they're saying Ireland can't get its act together.  There is huge buzz about it on social media, all the country music sites.  It was big news back in February when he sold five shows so quickly.  70,000 tickets were bought by people outside of Ireland."

Corina is a massive Garth Brooks fan and flew back from New York for his 1997 show in Ireland as well as Vegas for his appearance two years ago.

"I was very excited about seeing him again," she said.  "I set the alarm and got up in the middle of the night and I was online two hours before I got them," she says.

"I went through the whole frenzy and I was lucky enough to get two for the Sunday night and went ahead and booked a hotel.  And hotel prices in Dublin are jacked up for the weekend too."

Corina didn't book flights as she was worried about earlier reports of disharmony between the GAA and Croke Park residents.

"I was worried even back in February because I heard the promoters never got permission to hold five concerts and the residents were kicking up a fuss," she says. "So I never pulled the trigger on flights,  At least I'm not out of pocket that way too.

"But it's not even about that.  I'll be bitterly disappointed if it's cancelled."

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