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The decision is final: Garth Brooks will not be playing any of the five shows scheduled for the end of the month at Dublin's Croke Park. It appeared that there was a glimmer of hope in the situation, when Ticketmaster held back refunds pending further negotiations on the matter.
But Garth has just issued the following statement: "I have always been advised to NEVER send a message in 'the moment.' It is said it is best to take a walk, wait a while and think about it. With that said, I just received the news the Dublin City Council cannot change their earlier ruling to not allow the licenses for all five shows. To say I am crushed is an understatement. 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. So it is with a broken heart, I announce the ticket refunds for the event will go as posted by Ticketmaster. I want to thank the Irish authorities for going the distance for all of us who wanted to share songs and dance together. I really want to thank all the people around the world that continued to think good thoughts that this would actually happen. Most of all, to Peter Aiken and those 400,000 people who believed enough to go through what they have been through to get to this point… I love you, always have, always will. I encourage any and all of them that can come see the show, at some point around the world, to bring your Irish flags and wave them proudly at the concerts. I will be looking for you. --Garth."
As we've reported, Dublin officials would issue permits for just three of the five scheduled shows, and Garth insisted it would be either all five or none at all. During last week's big press conference, Garth said he feels like the permit system needs to be fixed. And he assures the people of Ireland that no matter how things work out, he harbors no hard feelings. "The Irish have my love forever."