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Monday 5 December 2016

U2 might have found what they're looking for stage museum in Fingal

Lead singer Bono of Irish rock band U2 performs a concert at the Olympic stadium in Turin...Lead singer Bono (C) of Irish rock band U2 performs a concert at the Olympic stadium in Turin, northern Italy August 6, 2010
Lead singer Bono of Irish rock band U2 performs a concert at the Olympic stadium in Turin...Lead singer Bono (C) of Irish rock band U2 performs a concert at the Olympic stadium in Turin, northern Italy August 6, 2010

Fingal could provide the answer to what U2 are looking for when it comes to displaying their world-famous tour stages.

The council is exploring a proposal which could see it providing a permanent location for such an exhibition.

Bono has previously said that the band would like to show their stages in Dublin.

Fianna Fail Councillor Darragh Butler has proposed that Fingal council investigate U2's desire to display the stages from their past tours at a permanent location in Dublin.

He suggested that somewhere in north Fingal could be a potential location.

Mr Butler told the Herald he believed it should be considered because of the potential tourism it could generate.

"There is a lot of work already going on with trying to boost tourism in the area," he pointed out.

Query

Mr Butler raised the issue of the U2 sets at this month's meeting of Fingal County Council.

He was told in a response to his query that the economic development unit "will explore the merits of this as a potential tourism project".

Mr Butler said he knew that the stage sets are big pieces that would probably take up a lot of space.

"It's about finding a location that could accommodate them, but I thought I would put it out there for consideration," Mr Butler added.

The band's famous tour sets include the claw of the 360 tour, the lemon of the PopMart tour and painted cars of the Zoo TV tour.

Bono has said it is the band's dream to have a site in Dublin where they could show these stages and people could walk on them.

"At some point I would love to do that. I think they're interesting sculpturally, and as objects," he said.

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