Thursday 23 May 2019

Páirc Uí Chaoimh and Punchestown offer to accommodate cancelled Garth Brooks concerts

Garth Brooks in Croke Park in 1997
Garth Brooks in Croke Park in 1997

Freya Drohan

Two of the scheduled five concerts in Croke Park have been cancelled after Dublin City Council refused to grant licences.

At least 160,000 fans are facing disappointment and the economy is expected to lose out on millions should the concerts not go ahead at all.

Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Ballintemple, Co Cork, is available to host the concerts, according to Fine Gael North TD Dara Murphy and Cork GAA.

Murphy said, “While it may not be possible to accommodate everybody, the vast majority of ticket holders for the cancelled concerts could be accommodated by holding the gigs over two or three nights in Cork.”

Páirc Uí Chaoimh is not in a residential area, but is almost half the size of Croke Park.

Kildare’s Punchestown Racecourse and Venue earlier released a statement saying they too would be “delighted to accommodate the cancelled concerts and facilitate the disappointed fans.”

Punchestown has experience running large scale events, such as the Oxegen music festival.

According to their statement, the local statutory authorities and stakeholders are extremely supportive of concerts at Punchestown and it is estimated that two such events would generate €15 million for the local economy. 

According to the promoter Peter Aiken, Garth Brooks himself is “devastated” and “cannot confirm that the remaining three concerts will go ahead.”

A statement by the country and western singer has not yet been released.

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