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Underwood crosses the Pond

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 – Carrie Underwood took her "Blown Away Tour" across the pond this past week, performing shows and visiting with media in Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Her sold-out dates in Dublin and Belfast were not only her debut performances, but also marked her first visit to Ireland and Northern Ireland. She wrapped up her trip in London by closing the "C2C:Country To Country" Festival at the O2 Arena last night.

At the sold-out Belfast show at Waterfront Hall during St. Patrick's Day weekend, Underwood invited a couple who happen to be some of her biggest Irish fans onto the stage where the gentleman proposed to his girlfriend of 10 years. The girlfriend said yes to applause from the crowd.

Underwood and her band also met British and Irish fans while visiting some of the local sites including the London Eye, a tour of the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, a stop at the Titanic Belfast and the oldest tavern in Belfast, White's Tavern.

Tour dates are:
March 21 Richmond, VA Richmond Coliseum
March 23 Roanoke, VA Roanoke Civic Center
March 25 Hershey, PA Giant Center
March 26 Buffalo, NY First Niagara Center
March 28 Hamilton, ON Canada Copps Coliseum
March 29 Windsor, ON Canada WFCU Centre
March 30 Kingston, ON Canada K-Rock Centre
March 2 St. John, NB Canada Harbour Station
March 9 Portland, ME Cumberland County Civic Center
March 11 Youngstown, OH Covelli Centre
March 13 Lansing, MI Breslin Student Events Center
March 14 Ft. Wayne, IN Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
March 16 Greenville, SC BiLo Center
March 17 Columbia, SC Colonial Life Arena
March 19 Augusta, GA James Brown Arena
March 20 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
March 23 Houston, TX Toyota Center
March 25 San Antonio, TX Freeman Coliseum
March 27 Cedar Park, TX Cedar Park Center
March 29 Lafayette, LA Cajundome
May 1 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
May 2 Bloomington, IL U.S. Cellular Coliseum
May 3 Milwaukee, WI BMO Harris Bradley Center
May 5 Toledo, OH Huntington Center
May 6 Springfield, IL Prairie Capital Convention Center
May 8 Charleston, WV Charleston Civic Center
May 10 Rockford, IL BMO Harris Bank Center
May 12 Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center
May 13 Sioux City, IA Tyson Events Center
May 15 Winnipeg, MB Canada MTS Centre
May 17 Moose Jaw, SK Canada Mosaic Place
May 18 Edmonton, AB Canada Rexall Place
May 20 Dawson Creek, BC Canada EnCana Events Center
May 21 Prince George, BC Canada CN Centre
May 23 Abbotsford, BC Canada Abottsford Entertainment & Sports Centre

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