GAA ‘regret’ decision to cancel Brooks gigs

GAA ‘regret’ decision to cancel Brooks gigs

The Gaelic Athletic Association and Croke Park Stadium has said it shares the “intense disappointment” that there will now be no Garth Brooks shows at the home of the GAA.

The Association praised the work of the chief executive of Labour Relations Commission Kieran Mulvey in trying to broker a deal with local residents for all five concerts to take place.

It also claimed the stadium “engaged fully” with Dublin City Council in addressing all issues in the lead up to the licensing decision.

The GAA closed their statement by saying it hoped that some of the “positive” engagement they have had with local residents over the last few days can continue.

The GAA statement in full:

“The GAA and Croke Park Stadium note with much regret the confirmation that none of the Garth Brooks concerts scheduled for later this month will now take place.

“The GAA shares the intense disappointment of the 400,000 people who have purchased tickets.

“Croke Park Stadium has worked closely with Aiken Promotions in its efforts to stage a unique series of concerts which would have represented an exciting national event and a joyful summer celebration.

“From the outset Croke Park Stadium, as it does with the planning of all events staged in Croke Park, and with a view to avoiding surprise late difficulties, engaged fully with Dublin City Council officials and addressed comprehensively every issue presented during this planning process. At no stage were we given any indication that a licence was likely to be refused for any of the five concerts.

“The GAA has made clear its acceptance of mediator Kieran Mulvey’s report on the long-term management of concerts and special events in Croke Park.

“We wish to acknowledge Mr Mulvey’s exceptional efforts over the past few days to resolve the issues raised by the refusal of a licence for the fourth and fifth concerts.

“The GAA is very encouraged by the emergence in recent days of groups of residents in the Croke Park area who share our wish for a positive continuing engagement with the Croke Park Stadium; we look forward to working with them on the recommendations of the Mulvey Report.”

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