U2 play final 360° Dublin show


U2 returned to Croke Park tonight for the final of three Irish concerts in their 360° world tour.

Two Irish acts supported the band - Dublin pop rock trio The Script and Kildare’s Bell X1. The gates opened at 6pm, the show starts at 6.30pm and U2 were due on stage at 9pm.

Gardaí earlier issued warnings about traffic around the stadium as the concert coincided with rush-hour, as well as the opening of the Ikea store in Ballymun and the commencement of a new bus gate restricting traffic at College Green.

Bono is expected to announce during the concert that human rights group Amnesty International has confeered its annual 'Ambassador of Conscience' award on Burma's jailed opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Ms Suu Kyi's trial for violating the terms and conditions of her house arrest resumed on July 24th. If convicted, she could face up to five years in jail.

The award , now in its sixth year, recognises "exceptional leadership and witness in the fight to protect and promote human rights". Past winners of the award include Peter Gabriel, Nelson Mandela and Mary Robinson.

Weather for Dublin tonight is expected to be mainly dry and breezy with scattered showers.

U2 played two sell out shows in Dublin on Friday and Saturday night - a nightly audience of some 80,000.

The band began their world tour in Barcelona on June 30th and will next play in Gothenburg, Sweden for two nights.

Tomorrow the almost 60-metre high “claw” stage will begin to be dismantled. It is expected to take 42 hours to take down the entire stage structure.

The Croke Park pitch is then to be prepared for the all-Ireland senior football quarter finals which will take place over the bank holiday weekend. There will be a double-header on Sunday with as Cork to take on Donegal at 2pm before Tyrone meet Kildare at 4pm. On Monday Kerry will take on Dublin.

With no games at Croke Park on Saturday, the GAA has given more time to prepare the pitch.

Croke Park residents are to protest outside the stadium three times tomorrow over what they say is the contempt shown to them by Dublin City Council, the GAA and the U2 concert promoters.

One of the protests will involve a slow-moving convoy of residents in their cars, designed to disrupt the work of dismantling the stage used for the three concerts, and putting down a new pitch.

The residents are particularly incensed that the works will take place continuously to get the stadium ready for the football fixtures.