Fans from home and abroad looking forward to seeing U2 play the first of three concerts at Croke Park in Dublin.

Eighty thousand U2 fans arrive in Croke Park for the first of the band's three Irish concerts.

With hotels throughout the city booked out, the three days of concerts are expected to generate fifty million euro for Dublin with around a quarter of a million people converging on the city.

Fans have travelled from throughout Ireland and around the world to see U2 perform live in their home town.

Ahead of the band’s first performance, U2 manager Paul McGuinness says,

The show is about half recent songs and half classics.

Traffic restrictions are in place around the stadium over the weekend and many residents in the area are not happy. One resident claimed that they are in a virtual lockdown situation. Other locals do not seem to mind and welcome the business to the area.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 24 June 2005. The reporter is Orla O’Donnell.