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Garth Brooks' Ireland comeback concerts sell out in 90 minutes

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Garth Brooks' Ireland comeback concerts sell out in 90 minutes

By Stephen L. Betts. CREATED Jan 30, 2014

Three dates for the Garth Brooks Comeback Special concert series in Ireland this summer are officially sold out -- and it all happened in just 90 minutes. Irish news site the Independent reports that in the city of Limerick gardai (Ireland's police force) were called to deal with disappointed fans who were unable to purchase tickets. Some of the fans had been waiting in line for 48 hours.

According to Aiken Promotions, approximately 240,000 tickets were sold for the concerts, which are set for Dublin's Croke Park July 25-27. The third date was added early in the morning to meet ticket-buyers' demands, yet thousands across the country were still unable to secure tickets for the highly anticipated event.

One lucky ticket buyer, Ramona Matthews, had been waiting in line outside Tullamore Bridge Centre, a shopping complex in Tullamore in Ireland's midlands, from 11:00 AM on the day before tickets went on sale. She said it was "great craic [fun] ... last night, no trouble." Seventh in line, she was able to receive holding tickets, which guaranteed her six spots at the concert.

"There's singing going on here and everything," she noted. "We've a mother and daughter here, a husband and wife … everyone is going with their sisters, their parents ... it's a real family vibe."

She added that she had seen the superstar entertainer in concert during his last visit to Ireland. "I saw him in 1997… that was a long time ago. Definitely worth it!"

Garth is expected to announce plans for an upcoming world tour later this year.

Stephen L. Betts

Stephen L. Betts

Stephen L. Betts ("Steve") is a Nashville-based journalist who started his career as a tour guide, karaoke operator and library assistant at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.