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Tuesday 27 June 2017

U2 superfans keep up their 30-year tradition

Martin Shanahan and Martin Ganon
Martin Shanahan and Martin Ganon
Vincent Kearns and Dave Griffith queue for their U2 tickets

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.

"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 6-8 tickets," he added.

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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