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Mayo fans holding on for Garth


Mayo fans holding on for Garth 

Ciara Galvin

IT’S the story that keeps on giving, with more plot twists than a Hollywood thriller. Some 400,000 Garth Brooks fans are still holding out for definitive word on whether his sold out five concerts will go ahead at Croke Park in just over two weeks time. Making national headlines and engaging the entire populous, the only water cooler conversation doing the rounds is if the country star will grace the stage at GAA headquarters on July 25 to kick off his five night stay. For Sinéad Keane from Newport, the uncertainty means that she and her husband along with other family members are left with hotel rooms booked in the capital for what was meant to be a night to remember. “I always said I’d go to him with my sister. We booked rooms the morning the tickets went on sale. We had a mobile, tablet, house phone and two laptops on the go and my sister in England had much the same,” explained Sinéad. Still waiting to cancel babysitters and hotel rooms, Sinéad said even if the shows do go ahead after all the waiting the ‘good has been taken out of it’. Sinéad said the entire thing was a ‘poorly executed plan’ resulting in Ireland becoming an ‘international laughing stock’. Ballinrobe woman Tara Carney-Hynes took time off work to queue at 4am when the second round of tickets went on sale earlier this year. Having failed to secure tickets for the first round of tickets, Tara made sure to cover all bases the second time around and queued in the early hours of the morning to secure tickets as a birthday present to her husband Michael. She describes the whole thing as a ‘disaster’ but is still holding out hope that the shows will go ahead. And if not, she plans to spend her refunded money on tickets to Paulo Nutini in the O2 this November. For now fans must not question if tomorrow never comes, but whether Thursday will bring with it refunded tickets. MORE See Off the Fence, page 21

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