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Fans and businesses aren't the only ones losing out...concert cancellation hits charities too

One charity spokesperson said that it has left a hole in their budget.

MANY IRISH CHARITIES are devastated by the news that the Garth Brooks concerts will not be going ahead.

Permits were arranged for the upcoming gigs and were hoped to give a huge boost to fundraising efforts.

Chief Executive of Plan Ireland, David Dalton, said: “It’s a real blow to us that these concerts will no longer take place.

“We put a great deal of time and effort into successfully securing a collection permit for the Sunday event.

“We had also arranged a large number of volunteer collectors who’d generously agreed to give their time to seek donations for some of the world’s poorest children.

Due to the consistent generosity of the Irish public, we had expected to make a considerable sum from the collection that would have gone towards our vital programmes in the developing countries.

Meanwhile, Don Bosco Care spokesperson, Kevin Delaney, said: “the loss of the concert is not just a sad day for the tens of thousands of fans who were looking forward to seeing him, but it was a very big blow for us.”

The charity provides residential, out-reach and after-care services to 100 Dublin based young people.

These are tough times for charities and with the concert now officially cancelled we will have to find another way of raising what to us is a significant amount of money. It has left a hole in our budget.

“We were hoping to raise somewhere between €2-3,000 on the night which would go a long way towards the essential maintenance of our houses to ensure we provide as comfortable and secure a home for our young people as possible.”

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