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  • 15 July 2014, 12:46

Garth Brooks 'Crushed' After Ireland Gigs Axed

Garth Brooks has said he is "crushed" after cancelling all his five shows in Ireland over a licensing row.

There had been a number of attempts to strike a deal, but all failed.

The country music legend's comeback tour was a record sell-out planned for the end of this month - but it was thrown into doubt several weeks ago when council chiefs refused a licence for all the shows.

The problems centred around Croke Park - the venue for the proposed concerts - which is only authorised to host three gigs a year.

It reached that quota when One Direction played to crowds in June.

Promoters of the shows sold out the initial three-night offering and then added another two nights without having the sign-off from the city council, a common practice in Ireland.

Brooks was offered the chance to play three nights and two matinees over three days, but he turned it down.

"To say I am crushed is an understatement," the singer said in a statement.

"All I see is my mother's face and I hear her voice. She always said things happen for a reason and for the right reason. As hard as I try, I cannot see the light on this one."

Some 400,000 fans, many from outside Ireland, will now be refunded over the next three weeks.

Aiken Promotions said: "The five-concert Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event at Croke Park is cancelled. No concerts will take place."

The refund process will begin on Thursday.

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