U2 arrive in Belfast for the first of their PopMart concerts in Ireland.

40,000 fans are expected to fill the Botanic Gardens for the show. Bono is clearly happy to be in Belfast as he kisses the ground as U2 land in the city for their first concert there in ten years. 

Speaking to RTÉ News Bono describes this show as one of the high points of the PopMart tour. 

We're going to be making a lot of noise actually at the Botanic Gardens. There'll be no politics there. A lot of shrubbery.

It has taken five hundred roadies five days to erect the Popmart stage and set. U2 tour manager Jake Kennedy describes the logistics of setting up a show of this scale.

Lord Mayor of Belfast Alban McGuinness welcomes U2 to the city describing the timing of the concert as opportune in a period of peace after so many years of conflict in Northern Ireland. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 26 August 1997. The reporter is Michael O'Kane.