The Boomtown Rats are refused permission to play a concert in Leopardstown race course, Dublin.

RTÉ News reports on the arrival of the Boomtown Rats to Dublin where the gig they were to play has been cancelled.  Having sold out 7,500 tickets for the Dublin concert, the court ban came as a bitter blow for the Dublin band. At a press conference Bob Geldof talks of his feelings of  rejection for the band as a result of the decision.

We can play in Bangkok, where we are going to. We can play in London. We can play in Paris. We still play to 7,500 people there are no stampedes. 

The previous night the band had played in Belfast.  

A RTÉ News report by Peter McNiff from 20 February 1980.