Speculation that the Rolling Stones will take the last available concert slot at Croke Park later this year grew again today as the band announced a new European tour which does not include any Irish or UK dates.

Only three gigs a year are permitted at Croke Park following an agreement with local residents, which was made after 2014's Garth Brooks debacle.

U2 will play the venue on July 22 as part of their Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary tour, while Coldplay play GAA HQ on July 8. 

Tuesday's announcement of new European dates has led to increased speculation that the Stones will now take the third slot at Croke Park.    

"Hey Guys, here we come. See you there!!!!"

However, MCD, who are promoting the two other Croker concerts, have told RTÉ Entertainment that have heard nothing about the possibility of a Stones' show at Croke Park.

Other big name acts who have played the hallowed turf of Croker in recent years include Beyonce and Bruce Springsteen in 2016 and Ed Sheeran, who played two out-sold shows there in 2015. 

The Rolling Stones will play thirteen shows across Europe in September and October as part of their No Filter tour. They play Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and France.

On Tuesday, guitarist Keith Richards announced the new European show, saying, "Hey Guys, here we come. See you there!!!!"

The last time the Stones played in Ireland was at Slane Castle in 2007.