Monday 23 April 2018

U2 superfans keep up their 30-year tradition by camping for tickets

U2 Fans (L to R) Vincent Kearns from Rathfarnam who has been queueing since friday & will in total be queueung for 56 hours with Dave Griffith from Terenure who has been queueing since 11 o clock saturday morning outside Stephens Green Shopping centre, Dublin waiting for the Sale of U2 tickets.
Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
U2 Fans (L to R) Vincent Kearns from Rathfarnam who has been queueing since friday & will in total be queueung for 56 hours with Dave Griffith from Terenure who has been queueing since 11 o clock saturday morning outside Stephens Green Shopping centre, Dublin waiting for the Sale of U2 tickets. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
U2 Fans (L to R) Martin Shanahan from Bantry West Cork who has been queueing since 9 o'clock saturday morning & Martin Ganon from Ballyfermot who has been queueing since 2 o'clock Sunday Morning outside Stephens Green Shopping centre, Dublin waiting for the Sale of U2 tickets. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Ryan Nugent

MORE than a dozen U2 fanatics continued a 30- year tradition of camping outside St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre for gig tickets.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Joshua Tree album, the band will be playing a special Croke Park gig on July 22– and superfans  Vincent Kearns  and Martin Shanahan say they’re taking no risks.

Martin (54) from Cork, has been to see Bono rock out a staggering 990+ times – and will crack the 1000 mark in 2017, having already bought tickets for U2 concerts across eight European capital cities.

He said he can get pre-sale tickets through U2.com but doesn’t want to break a 30-year tradition with friends he meets up with each time.

U2 Fans (L to R) Martin Shanahan from Bantry West Cork who has been queueing since 9 o'clock saturday morning & Martin Ganon from Ballyfermot who has been queueing since 2 o'clock Sunday Morning outside Stephens Green Shopping centre, Dublin waiting for the Sale of U2 tickets.
Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
U2 Fans (L to R) Martin Shanahan from Bantry West Cork who has been queueing since 9 o'clock saturday morning & Martin Ganon from Ballyfermot who has been queueing since 2 o'clock Sunday Morning outside Stephens Green Shopping centre, Dublin waiting for the Sale of U2 tickets. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

“We’ve been doing this every four years for everything U2-related,” Martin said.

“Every four or five years we meet up and the craic is always excellent.

“I’m hoping to get six to eight tickets,” he added.

Read more: U2 superfan starts three-day camp out for tickets

Meanwhile, the Croke Park gig will be extra special for Vincent from Rathfarnham, who will turn 50 on the day of the concert.

“Bono should invite me up on stage,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to that. I have the band, I have the venue, what else could I want?

“I’m off to LA, I fly over on the 18th of May to see them play in the Rose Bowl.

“It’s the first time I’ll have gone to the States to see them. I said for my 50th this year that I was going to treat myself and go abroad to see them,” he added.

Tickets go on sale from 9am this morning.

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