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” While mere words will certainly not assuage the grief born Monday afternoon, the uniqueness of strength and the quaint nature of true character shown brightly throughout our Williamsburg community yesterday in an outpouring of care and compassion with thoughtful prayers for others. No pitting of groups, no manipulted issues, no complaints from unproductive critics, no hidden agendas; rather a positive outpouring of respectful heartfelt and selfless condolences from people offering to help and comfort one another. Isn’t that what a community is about in the first place. People helping people, so everyone is better for it. That is what brought us here and what we strive to encourage. This should be the foundation upon which we build a stronger community and even a great marketing campaign.

Perhaps this was Trevor’s parting gift to us all. Godspeed to you Sir and may God watch over and comfort all those who will dearly miss him “

Hotel doubles its room price for night of Springsteen concert

A LEADING hotel doubled its room prices yesterday as soon as Bruce Springsteen announced a concert.

The Herbert Park Hotel in Ballsbridge, Dublin, immediately raised its room rates from €119 to €250 for the night of the concert at the RDS on July 17 next year.

And despite the high price, takers of this special ‘Bruce Springsteen package’ will have to fork out extra for breakfast as the price is room-only.

The hotel, which is adjacent to the concert venue, was charging €119 per room for a twin or double room on July 16. But this soared to €125 per person — or €250 per room — the following night in anticipation of a flood of concert-goers.

Aiken Promotions announced yesterday that tickets for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band would go on sale through Ticketmaster at 9am next Thursday, priced from €86 to €96.

One music fan commented on Twitter: “Does the ‘E’ in E Street mean expensive?”

Springsteen last played Ireland with a sellout gig in the RDS back in 2009.

Next year’s event will be the first Irish outing of the E Street Band without legendary saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who died during the summer.

Springsteen concerts have regularly provided a bonanza for pubs and hotels near the RDS.

The nearby Sandymount Hotel was already booked up for the night of the show by lunchtime yesterday.

The five-star Four Seasons Hotel was charging €280 per room for the night of the concert, although this appears to be its standard price.

The Herbert Park Hotel declined to comment last night on why it had raised its prices for the Springsteen concert.

– Aideen Sheehan Consumer Correspondent

Irish Independent

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