Wednesday 17 January 2018

'I've spent €300 to fly in – this will be a huge blow to Dublin'

Garth Brooks fan Jacqueline McDonagh
Garth Brooks fan Jacqueline McDonagh
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

FANS from abroad have reacted bitterly to the cancellation of the Garth Brooks concerts with many now seriously out of pocket.

Christine Addis, from Tongeren in Belgium, was due to attend the Tuesday night concert with her brother who lives in Belfast.

"I've spent up to €300 for flights and accommodation. This is going to be a huge blow to tourism in Dublin," she told the Irish Independent.

"I'm dumbstruck that all those involved didn't find a compromise. It's only a year or two since the Irish economy was struggling, and this a huge amount of money to let go of."

Londoner Jacqueline McDonagh from Twickenham said that although she's "extremely disappointed" she still plans to travel to Ireland at the end of the month.

"I blame Garth for cancelling the other three concerts because I'd rather see someone go and enjoy it rather than no one going at all," she said.

"It wasn't clear at the beginning there were problems with a licence. I probably wouldn't have bought tickets if I had known that."

Caroline Richardson (47), from Rhyl in north Wales is set to lose up to €315 as a result of the cancelled concerts.

"I think Garth was correct when he said it's five concerts or nothing. He said it's like having to choose one child over another; I can see where he's coming from.

"I'm still hoping something can be done to reverse all of this."

Irish Independent

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