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Earlier today, much-loved British comedian, Peter Kay, regretfully informed his fans that he is no longer in a position to honour his upcoming gigs, and has decided to cancel his tour.

"Due to unforeseen family circumstances I deeply regret that I am having to cancel all of my upcoming work projects," he said of his Live Arena Tour and Dance for Life shows.

"My sincerest apologies," Peter continued. "This decision has not been taken lightly and I'm sure you'll understand my family must always come first."

Customers have been assured they will be refunded on their purchases, and while the vast majority of disappointed fans have taken to Twitter to wish Peter well, not everyone has been as sympathetic.

As opposed to focussing on Peter's family situation, some fans have taken a swipe at the star while others have lamented the inconvenience his announcement has caused.

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Members of the public, who have purchased tickets for Peter Kay’s Live Arena Tour and Dance for Life shows, have been assured they will be offered a refund following the news that the British comedian has had to cancel all of his upcoming appearances.

In a statement released today, Peter said: "Due to unforeseen family circumstances I deeply regret that I am having to cancel all of my upcoming work projects."

"This unfortunately includes my upcoming stand-up tour, Dance For Life shows and any outstanding live work commitments."

"My sincerest apologies," he continued. "This decision has not been taken lightly and I'm sure you'll understand my family must always come first."

The stand-up, who was set to play Dublin's 3Arena across six dates in February 2019, expressed his regret over the circumstances, but asked the public to respect his decision.

"I've always endeavoured to protect my family’s privacy from the media. I hope that the media and the public will continue to respect our privacy at this time. Once again I'm very sorry," he finished.

For Ticketmaster customers who purchased online or by telephone using debit or credit card, no action is required as your account will automatically be refunded within the next few days.

For customers who purchased in person from a Ticketmaster agent outlet or venue full refunds available from your point of purchase from tomorrow December 14 at 10am.

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Peter Kay has added three extra dates Irish dates due to phenomenal demand.

In addition to the shows scheduled for February 1 and 2, 2018, the much-loved British comedian will to the stage at Dublin's 3Arena on Sunday February 3, Wednesday February 6 and Thursday February 7. 

The announcement comes after comedy fans across the nation rushed to secure tickets after they went on sale this morning.

His last tour in 2010 remains in the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest selling comedy tour of all time, with over 1.2 million people securing tickets.

An appearance on Friday's Late Late Show saw the Irish public rediscover their love for the legendary comic after he performed a number of big band hymns in front of a packed studio audience.

Tickets from €45.05 are on sale now via ticketmaster.ie.

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One of Britain's best loved comedians is returning to the stage for the first time in eight years.

Having spent the best part of a decade working on other projects, Peter Kay has just confirmed his long-awaited return to live stand-up, with a massive UK and Ireland arena tour.

The comic will take to the stage at Dublin's 3Arena on Friday, February 1, and Saturday, February 2, 2018.

His last tour in 2010 remains in the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest selling comedy tour of all time, with over 1.2 million people securing tickets.

Speaking about his comedy come-back, Peter said: “I really miss it. I know how lucky I am to be making television series and have really loved these past few years working on Car Share but I miss doing stand-up. As terrifying as it is, when it works there's nothing more fun and exciting.”

“Plus, a lot has happened in the last eight years, with Trump, Twitter and my Nan getting her front bush trimmed at the age of 96. I can't wait to get back up on stage.” he added.

His new stand up tour starts April 2018 in Birmingham and visits all major UK and Ireland arenas right through to 2019.

Tickets from €45.05 go on sale Sunday, November 19, at 10am and are available from www.ticketmaster.ie.

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