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If you were one of the thousands left devastated by the cancellation of Garth Brooks' Croke Park gigs in 2014 or missed out on Adele's 3Arena concerts back in March, it sounds like you're about to get a second chance to see these musical legends do their thing in Ireland.

Well, according to Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Des Cahill, that is.

Speaking on Cork's Red FM this morning, the Lord Mayor hinted that the People's Republic might be welcoming both Adele and Garth in the not-too-distant future.

"The speculation that we could be welcoming Garth Brooks and Adele to Leeside next summer is outstanding news for Cork," he said while speaking to prominent radio DJ, Neil Prendeville.

"Although the concerts have yet to be officially confirmed the speculation that two blockbuster gigs are in the pipeline for the new Cork stadium in the summer of 2017 is a huge boost," he added.

Adding even more fuel to the fire, Lord Mayor Cahill took to Twitter this morning to express his excitement over the possibility that the city might soon be hosting two of the biggest names in the music industry.

We know it's not confirmed, we know it's not a sure thing, but that hasn't stopped us planning our route to Cork…

 

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If you were in Ireland in the summer of 2014, then you'll probably remember the disaster that was the Garth Brooks concerts.

The singer had to cancel FIVE gigs as residents around Croke Park complained that it was too much, but now, the country singer wants to return.

An insider told The Irish Sun: “The message we got from Garth’s people is we need to talk urgently and get these Irish concerts sorted soon."

Apparently, Garth saw the success of Bruce Springsteen last weekend, and he himself wants to play an Irish concert once and for all.

“So much that went wrong before with Garth’s concerts was down to officialdom in Ireland so to have the Taoiseach making such a public show [for Bruce Springsteen] of how he was enjoying a concert at Croke Park is significant," the source revealed.

We're all on for it – we just won't get our hopes up!

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While many are still coping with the emotional rollercoaster that was the great Garth Brooks debacle of 2014, there may be some recent developments that will ease the pain.

Garth Brooks might actually be coming to visit after all.

Hurrah! Country music fans everywhere can rejoice at the prospect of their favourite musician making the Irish trip they have been longing for.

However, it may not be exactly the kind of performance laden trip fans were hoping to get.

A new play based on the Croke Park debacle has just started a two-week run at Dublin's Gaiety Theatre – and apparently Garth wants a front row seat.

Are You There Garth? It's Me Margaret was created by Darren Smith, the man behind Anglo: The Musical and a former PR whizz for Garth.

Speaking to the Irish Mirror, Darren said Garth was keen to check out the play, described as a tale of "country music and Ireland's darkest hour."

Garth "knows about the show", says Darren, and he's "very interested" in checking it out.

"I wouldn’t be stunned at all if we had a special visitor in a Stetson next week," the playwright adds.

Last year, the plan was for the country superstar to kick-off his comeback world tour in Dublin's Croke Park. Residents of the area protested, taking issue with the fact he hadn’t secured a licence to do so. This was despite having sold 400,000 tickets.

Garth said he would: “crawl, swim or fly” in an effort to play the shows – but Dublin city council would only agree to three and the singer said it was either five shows or no shows.

In the end, almost a half a million ticket-holders were left pretty heart-broken and there was an estimated loss of €50million in expected revenue.

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Will Garth play Croke Park? Or will it be one big mess again? 

Emma Power reports. 

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Our hearts really went out to Shane Filan when Garth Brooks decided to cancel his Irish shows, meaning Shane wouldn’t get to support him. He was just so excited about the concerts, his big break just swept away! How could he do that to our favourite Sligo man?

Well, Shane must be really down in the dumps this week, as it’s been revealed that he’s had to agree to sell his Sligo mansion at almost €200,000 below the asking price.

Granted, he’s still getting €800,000 for his lovely abode, but considering he was offered €10 million for it back in the boom, and it cost him €3 million to build, that’s gotta hurt.

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When two couples book Gumbo the clown for 5 kids parties in a row, the neighbours have something to say.  The creators have said  that ‘All characters are fictitious. Those appearing similar to Garth Brooks fans or certain County Councils and/or music promoters is purely coincidental’. The best bit, it stars Caroline Morahan.

 

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After days of speculation, the country singer has revealed that none of the five concerts will be taking place in Croke Park.

The country singer said he was broken hearted at the Dublin City Council’s decision.

The singer released a statement this evening:

"I have always been advised to NEVER send a message in “the moment.” 

"It is said it is best to take a walk, wait awhile, and think about it. 

"With that said, I just received the news the Irish council cannot change their earlier ruling to not allow the licenses for all five shows. 

"To say I am crushed is an understatement.  All I see is my mother’s face and I hear her voice. 

"She always said things happen for a reason and for the right reason. 

"As hard as I try, I cannot see the light on this one.  So it is with a broken heart, I announce the ticket refunds for the event will go as posted by TicketMaster."

Garth went on to thank authorities "for going the distance for all of us who wanted to share songs and dance together."

The 52-year-old said: " I really want to thank all the people around the world that continued to think good thoughts that this would actually happen. 

"Most of all, to Peter Aiken and those 400,000 people who believed enough to go through what they have been through to get to this point…I love you, always have, always will. 

"I encourage any and all of them that can come see the show, at some point around the world, to bring your Irish flags and waive them proudly at the concerts. I will be looking for you.…garth."

 

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About 50 fans have taken to the streets of Dublin to protest Dublin City Council's decision not to grant a license for the five night event. 

The fans marched from the GPO to the DCC offices to voice their disagreement at the decision, complete with signs and cowboy hats!

Many of the protesters described how they had travelled far and wide for the concerts and now feel severely let down by the turn of events. 

There has been no update on the concerts as of yet, which were due to be held from the 25th to the 29th July. 

 

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After extensive talks, Dublin City Council has said it will allow five Garth Brooks concerts to go ahead, but only if two of those shows are performed during the day.

The DCC has proposed that two shows on Saturday and Sunday should be performed as matinee shows.

Aiken and Garth Brooks have yet to agree to these terms.

In response to this proposal Mr Brooks said “that to treat 160,000 people differently than all the rest and to see a show other than how it was meant and created is wrong.”

Garth Brooks held a press conference before the DCC made their decision. The singer said that he would “swim and crawl” to Enda Kenny to resolve the problems surrounding the Croke Park gigs.

The Dublin City Council released a statement about their decision this evening:

“Following a meeting this morning between Peter Aiken of Aiken Promotions and Owen Keegan, Chief Executive of Dublin City Council, the City Council has agreed to a proposal from Aiken Promotions designed to break the impasse that has arisen. Under the proposal, the City Council will consider an updated Event Management Plan, to be submitted in accordance with the Licence, whereby the three concerts will proceed but the Saturday and Sunday concerts will start earlier to facilitate separate matinee audiences on these two days. This will allow everybody who bought a ticket to see Garth Brooks.

The Council is satisfied that the event licensing procedure was applied correctly in this particular case by the City Council and that the decision reached was appropriate and balanced having regard to all the competing interests. However, in response to the disappointment of ticket holders who purchased tickets in good faith for the cancelled Monday and Tuesday concerts and in light of concerns that these ticket holders could turn up on the other days creating security and public safety concerns the Council has agreed, following consultation with An Garda Siochana, to consider a revised Event Management Plan prepared on the basis outlined above. It will be a matter for Aiken Promotions and Garth Brooks to decide if they wish to pursue this suggestion.”

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Aiken promotions announced yesterday that all five Garth Brooks concerts will not be taking place in Croke Park.

Garth has now shared a statement about what has occurred in a letter to Peter Aiken. The singer said that he would still love to go ahead with the planned gigs and that his concert crew “are still en route”.

Read his statement here:

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Aiken Promotions has released the following statement:

“It is with great regret that Aiken Promotions today announce that the 5 concert Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event at Croke Park has been cancelled. No concerts will take place.

The ticket return process will be outlined tomorrow.

Aiken Promotions have exhausted all avenues regarding the staging of this event.

We are very disappointed for the 400,000 fans who purchased tickets for The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event.”

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Garth Brooks’ officials have released a statement saying that if he can’t play all five nights in Ireland, then he won’t play any at all:

“I can’t thank the people of Ireland enough for how welcome they have made me feel. I have faith that Dublin City Council will make the best decision for the people of Ireland. For us, it is five shows or none at all. To choose which shows to do and which shows not to do, would be like asking to choose one child over another. However this plays out, Ireland has my heart and always will.”

No, Garth! How could you do this to us?

We really hope he’s bluffing!

If it’s any consolation, the National Consumer Agency have released a guide on how to get your money back if a concert is cancelled, but let’s hope it doesn’t come to that!

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