After months of planning difficulties, the on-off U2 concert finally goes ahead at Lansdowne Road in Dublin.

Fans travelled from around the world to see

The Greatest Rock Band in the World playing on their own turf.


Speaking to RTÉ News reporter Colm Connolly ahead of the concert, Bono describes it as a beautiful day to be back in Dublin. 

This was the concert that was and wasn't going to happen with the band running into planning restrictions that meant there were times when it looked like they concert in their home town would not go ahead. U2 Manager Paul McGuinness describes the difficulties that the band had in organising a Dublin show saying that it was more difficult to arrange a show in Ireland than anywhere else in the world. McGuinness points to a lack of regulation and licensing when it comes to events. 

We like most other major touring acts would now look upon Dublin as a big problem and I think that that will be the case until legislation is enacted.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 30 August 1997. The reporter is Colm Connolly.