Prince planning to be king of the castle
IF the queen's visit was unlikely, the news that Prince plans to return also came as a shock, writes Ken Sweeney.
The 52-year-old will perform at Malahide Castle in Dublin on July 30 -- with promoters promising he won't cancel this time.
Prince's last Irish concert was at the Point in 2002, but he had also been due to play Croke Park in June 2008.
He cancelled the concert with less than two weeks notice, which led to a high-profile court case between himself and the event's promoters MCD.
Last year, Prince paid €1.6m in damages to the promoters and a further €600,000 in legal fees. But now he plans to perform in front of an anticipated 35,000 fans at Malahide, with tickets from €89.50.
"This is part of an overall tour -- it's not a one-off gig," a spokeswoman for promoters POD and ICO concerts said, assuring fans that Prince is committed to performing here.
The Irish Independent has learnt the US superstar has been booked into the Presidential Suite in the Westbury Hotel for his stay.
And some 30 more rooms at the city centre hotel have been reserved for his musicians and crew.
Tickets for the show go on sale on Friday.