THE chairman of the Limerick County Board has said he would be delighted to “help out” Garth Brooks fans by hosting the country superstar at the Gaelic Grounds this summer.
Oliver Mann made his comments this afternoon after it was confirmed that Dublin City Council has refused licence applications for two of the five proposed concerts at Croke Park.
Aiken Promotions has already sold around 400,000 tickets for the concerts, which were due to take place over five consecutive nights on July 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29.
However, Dublin City Council confirmed this morning that only the concerts scheduled for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights have been given the go-ahead.
The full impact of the decision remains to be seen with a number of possible alternative venues already being put forward.
Oliver Mann says the Limerick County Board would be delighted to help out.
“If we could help out with accommodating Garth Brooks and all those fans who have the potential to be disappointed we would love to do so if it were possible because, as you know, we were granted permission some time last hear to hold concerts in the Gaelic Grounds,” he told Live 95FM.
Meanwhile, Minister Jan O’Sullivan says she will support any proposals to stage the concerts in Limerick.
“I’d be delighted if we can get the extra concerts in Limerick, so if there is anything I can do, I’d certainly be supportive. There is a huge number of Garth Brooks fans in Limerick and I know a lot of people were planning to travel to Dublin so, look, we will see what can be done, we certainly have a venue that is very suitable for it,” she said.
There were angry scenes in Limerick earlier this year after hundreds of local fans were left without tickets due to difficulties with the sales process for the first of the concerts.
Speaking the wake of the controversy, Garth Brooks took to the airwaves of Limerick’s Live 95FM to state that Limerick fans, who wanted to attend the additonal concerts would be “taken care of”.