Irish parliamentary officials have waded into the abrupt cancellation of Garth Brooks' five sold-out shows at Dublin's Croke Park in a bid to settle the highly-publicised permit dispute. The Friends in Low Places hitmaker pulled out of the concerts, which were due to take place at the end of this month (Jul14), on Tuesday (08Jul14) after Dublin City Council members rejected promoters' application to extend the original three-night run to five.
They had decided that three performances at Croke Park, a Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA)-owned venue in a residential area, would cause enough disruption for local neighbours and businesses, but Brooks insisted he would play all five or none at all.
The head of the Dublin City Council, Owen Keegan, refused to bow to the pressure and as a result, the string of gigs were axed.
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny even stepped in to set up mediation talks between Keegan and the Dublin Lord Mayor Christy Burke on Thursday (10Jul14) in a bid to salvage the mini-residency and put a stop to the negative press, but the meeting was cancelled for unknown reasons, reports the BBC.
Now council officials, GAA venue executives and concert organisers at Aiken Promotions are due to appear at a parliamentary hearing to establish how the Brooks comeback run had turned into such a debacle and find any possible solution.
Local politician and council member John O'Mahony says, "Everything that can be done will be done by the government in the next few days."
Brooks has also vowed not to give up his fight and has promised Aiken Promotions chief Peter Aiken he will "go to the last second".
In a letter addressed to Aiken, the singer writes: "I cannot begin to tell you how badly my heart is breaking right now (over the axed shows).
"If there is any chance that the five planned concerts can be salvaged... then we can proceed as planned until the refunds begin... If you think for any reason that the 'powers that be' in Ireland can fix this, then I will faithfully go to the last second."
The shows had been billed as Brooks' Irish comeback after a 17-year absence.
Veteran Scottish actor Kenny Ireland has been diagnosed with cancer. The 68 year old's character has been written out of hit U.K. TV comedy Benidorm so he can undergo treatment for the disease, reports Britain's The Sun.
A source tells the newspaper, "The diagnosis was crushing for Kenny and his family. This is obviously a very difficult time for them and they are coping as best they can.
"The priority is Kenny's health. As soon as he was given the news he pulled out of the latest series of Benidorm which, of course, everyone understood."
Ireland has been a part of the cast since the show debuted in 2007. He has also appeared in TV series such as Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and the original U.K. version of House of Cards.
Rockers U2 and Hollywood actor Stephen Rea turned out in Dublin, Ireland on Monday (02Sep13) to pay their respects to award-winning poet Seamus Heaney at his funeral. Singer Bono was joined by his wife Ali Hewson and bandmates The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen, Jr. at the memorial service.
Other dignitaries in attendance included Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, Irish President Michael D. Higgins, and Paddy Moloney, frontman of folk rockers The Chieftans.
During the service at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook, Dublin, a book of Heaney's work was taken to the altar, and his fellow writer Peter Fallon read Heaney's poem The Given Note.
Heaney, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995, died in a hospital on Friday (30Aug13) after he was admitted for treatment following a fall.
He will be buried later on Monday in his native Bellaghy, Northern Ireland.
The actor, who became an Irish citizen in 1993, was accompanied by the filmmaker as they visited Dublin's Government Buildings, the headquarters of the Government of Ireland, to visit leader Enda Kenny.
The duo was also joined by Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan and James Hickey, CEO of the Irish Film Board, at the meeting in Kenny's office.
Spielberg reveals the group gathered to "talk movies", adding of Kenny, "He has seen lots of my films, not Lincoln yet, but all the other ones."
Day-Lewis and Spielberg were later joined by actress Sally Field at the star-studded Irish premiere of Lincoln at the Savoy Cinema in Dublin.
Heartbroken actress Renee Zellweger is reportedly being comforted by acclaimed
singer/songwriter Damien Rice in the wake of her marriage collapse.
Zellweger filed for an annulment from country star Kenny Chesney two weeks
ago and Rice has been consoling her ever since.
The pair met last year and Rice, who provided the soundtrack for 2004
movie Closer, has spent hours on the phone to the actress and even invited her
to his Kildare home in Ireland to escape press attention.
A source tells British newspaper the Daily Mirror, "When her marriage fell
apart, he was the obvious person to call for a shoulder to cry on.
"Damien seems to be a very important part of her life right now and is
helping her to stay strong."
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