NEWS — 16 July 2014

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Source: Radio presenter Ruari Carroll twitter https://twitter.com/RadioCarroll

New initiative ‘Dublin goes country’ was today announced in an attempt to get the 400,000 ticketless Garth Brooks fans to still come to Dublin.

Dame Street was decorated with Stars and Stripes bunting, and newly appointed Transport and Tourism Minister Paschal Donohoe even got in the act with a slightly cringing photo opportunity.

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Source: Irish Hotels Federation twitter https://twitter.com/IHFcomms

Tweets were uploaded of the Fine Gael TD’s photos with Minister of State for Tourism Michael Ring, the pair pictured complete with Stetson hats and posing over an American flag.

The campaign is to coincide with the doomed Garth Brooks concert dates from the 25-27 July, and will have a number of country and western themed events.

The 39-year-old Dublin Central TD said: “Garth may not be coming but Dublin is still here and there’s a lot happening in Dublin that week.The tourism industry is working hard to ensure Garth Brooks fans will still have a reason to come.”

There will be an outdoor music gig on Dame Street on July 26, busking trails and Whelan’s Bar will be holding a weekend-long Bluegrass, Country & Roots Festival.

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