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Sunday 17 December 2017

Irish Garth fans may never get to see him live again over 'fiasco'

TOMORROW may never come for Garth Brooks fans as his publicist could not confirm if the country star will ever perform in Ireland again.

Almost half-a-million fans were left bitterly 
disappointed after the musician pulled the plug on his gigs in Croke Park, which were due to take place later this month.

Garth issued a statement late on Monday night to confirm that he could not accept just three concerts.

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Brooks' publicist is now unable to confirm whether or not the country singer would ever perform in 
Ireland again.

Asked whether the 
relationship between Ireland and the singer was irretrievably damaged after the recent debacle, his LA-based spokeswoman said: "Garth's statement stands."

The question was also put to Bob Doyle, the 52-year-old country singer's long-time manager, but he did not respond.

In Brooks' latest statement about the fiasco, he made no reference to playing Ireland in the future.

"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 wave them proudly at the concerts. I will be looking for you," read his statement on Monday night.

Meanwhile, the Herald revealed that former Trade Minister Joe Costello spoke with Brooks' manager on the phone shortly after the statement was released, with the Labour TD trying to salvage some of the concerts.

Problems

"He (Garth's manager Bob Doyle) said things could have been explained better to their side," Mr Costello told the Herald.

"He also said that at no time did they receive any indication that there was any problem with getting the five nights."

Mr Doyle also made reference to Brooks' love of Ireland during the call.

The GAA and Aiken Promotions are to appear before the Oireachtas Committee today.

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