Garth Brooks fans are in meltdown as it emerged all five arranged concerts in Dublin could be at risk after two shows were ruled out by the city council following objections by residents living around the Croke Park venue.
Last night the country and western king issued a statement telling fans it was all or nothing.
In a statement, Brooks said: “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."
Concerts on July 25, 26 and 27 at Croke Park are allowed to go ahead but it is not yet known what will happen to two other proposed events on July 28 and 29 — or if any of the shows now go ahead.
The singer, whose long-awaited Irish gigs sold out in record time, said he had been given a massive welcome in Ireland.
“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,” he said.
Residents around the GAA stadium had objected to five nights of concerts in a row, and Dublin City Council said it would not be appropriate to grant a five consecutive night run.
It said the scale of the concerts was “unprecedented” and would lead to “an unacceptable level of disruption” to residents and businesses near Croke Park.
Last night it emerged the Aviva stadium management would be “willing and able” to step in as a venue for the two axed concerts.
The former Lansdowne Road ground has three licences in place every year to host concerts and these would be available to make up for the two lost Croke Park concerts.
A local charity has spoken of its disappointment after hoping to stage a significant fundraiser next week with two tickets for the July 28 gig as prizes.
Crossroads NI runs a befriending project for elderly people as well as offering respite events for young people who are carers.
“We had been planning to hold a text ballot next week on social media,” a spokesman said.
“It would have been £2 per entry for a chance to win the tickets, and we had hoped to raise a significant amount from it.”
Newtownabbey mum-of-two Katrina Grant said she was disgusted by the decision.
She had made arrangements to travel to Dublin with two friends for the July 29 concert, and could be out hundreds of pounds after having already paid for the hotel they will be staying in.
“We were over the Moon to get the tickets,” she said.
“There’s three of us going, it’s a girly trip.
Katrina said there had been no contact from the organisers and that they had learned of the problems on Facebook.
“We are just so disgusted and let down,” she said.
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Around 400,000 fans had booked tickets to the five nights of country star Garth Brooks concerts at Croke Park in Dublin and now thousands have been left in limbo.
Last night booking agency Ticketmaster was advising that if the concerts are cancelled ticket holders will receive a refund, but it is still possible the gigs may be rescheduled.