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Garth Brooks tells Northern Ireland fan - 'If they say yes, I'll be at Croke Park'

Country superstar Garth Brooks has said if decision makers ever say yes to proposals to stage his cancelled Croke Park shows, he will be there.

Fans were left hugely disappointed in 2014 when five proposed gigs at the Dublin venue were cancelled after Dublin City Council refused to grant a licence for two Comeback Special concerts.

Over 400,000 tickets for the gigs are been sold for the events - all of which had to be refunded.

However, Brooks has said this week he has not given up on returning to Croke Park.

Northern Ireland fan Karen Cooke - who is from Tyrone but living in Donegal - and her husband Barry Green went to see the artist at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee.

Karen had camped out for two days to buy tickets to several of the Croke Park shows as she wanted to see the opening night and the last show.

During a Q&A with the singer she asked him if he was planning any Irish dates as part of his upcoming world tour.

Brooks took the time to explain what happened for the crowd.

"When it comes to Ireland, first of all when that happened, probably the most devastating thing ever," he said.

"That's probably the saddest moment of my musical career, was what happened in Dublin, right after probably the coolest moment of my music career, selling 400,000 tickets in one sitting.

"To have to refund 400,000 tickets broke my heart.  Not being allowed to play all five, I had to pick two to cancel.  I said, 'screw that, I'm not going to do that to these people' so it was all or none."

Brooks said that many Irish fans then travelled to see him in the US and thanked them for making the journey.

"I've been lucky enough to see the Irish flag at just about every concert that we've got to do here, so I thank them for making the miles over here and I hope it was worth it," he said.

"I will tell you this - I believe that things that start should finish so I have 100 per cent make the opportunity available to the people that make the decision in Ireland to get those shows back up and get them running again.

"If and when they say yes I will be there," he added.

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