14 July 2017
Dublin through the Eyes of U2
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If you're in Dublin for U2 at Croke Park on the 22nd of July don't just settle for one night of U2 make an experience out of it! Listed below are some of Irelands U2 hotspots;
Rosemount Avenue, Artane (Nearest Station Harmonstown)
Rosemount Avenue is the place where it all began. After posting flyers announcing a new band was seeking members, Larry Mullen's Jr- an already skilled drummer held auditions in his family home. One by one locals were sent away while the iconic foursome took its shape. Larry Mullen's famously said that the Larry Mullen's Band was formed that day and lasted a whole of ten minutes before Bono showed up.
Cedarwood Road (Nearest Station Broombridge)
Also on the northside of Dublin lies Cedarwood Road. It was here that Brendan and Iris Hewson would raise a son that would one day captivate 100's of arena and millions of fans around the world. Since the launch of the infamous "Songs of Innocence" album the unsuspecting suburbs became one of the most famous streets in Dublin. Cedarwood road offers a stark look at humble beginnings of one of music's greatest ever artists.
Cavistons (Nearest Station Sandycove and Glastule)
You're as likely to find Bono munching on some spectacular seafood at Cavistons as anywhere on the island. A favourite eatery of both Bono and his wife Ali, Cavistons offers some of the finest seafood on the land as well as a selection of fine meats, cheeses, baked goods and gifts that will be sure to delight your palate. Cavistons is located within the Dublin Short Hop Zone and is only a 3 minute walk from Sandycove and Glastule DART Station, how could you not go!
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Finnegan's (Nearest Station Dalkey)
If you could take the Obama's to one place in Ireland, where would you take them? When asked this question, U2's enigmatic frontman said there was only one option. Finnegan's of Dalkey. Finnegan's is no stranger to Irish and International figures with other notable fans including Mel Gibson, Salman Rushdie, Maeve Binchy and Penelope Cruz. Finnegan's offers the quintessential Irish pub experience with live music, friendly locals and great food. Finnegan's is only a 1 minute walk from Dalkey DART Station!
Windmill Lane (Nearest Station Grand Canal Dock)
Windmill Lane is Ireland's most prolific recording studio welcoming artists such as AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Metallica, Ed Sheeran and of course U2 to name a few. The iconic green and white building has produced several No.1 singles and albums. Having developed a reputation of producing quality music Windmill Lane has become an emblem of the modern Irish music scene, and it is only a 10 minute walk from Pearse Station.
Irish Rock 'n' Roll Museum (Nearest Station Connolly)
Located in the centre of Temple Bar, Ireland's very own homage to Rock 'n' Roll is now established as one of Ireland's best attractions. True fans of the art of Rock 'n' Roll will learn of untold stories of Ireland's rock legends who decorate the walls today and discover exclusive memorabilia from the likes of U2, Thin Lizzy and many more in the Irish Rock 'n' Roll museum. The museum also offers the opportunity to scratch a lifelong itch by allowing you to experience the life of a rock star! Check out the YouTube tour here.
Photo courtesy of the Irish Rock 'n' Roll Museum
Bonavox (Nearest Station Connolly)
A little piece of trivia to end off on, Paul Hewson was strolling through the city centre with friends Gavin Friday and Guggi, when they stumbled across a hearing aid shop called the Bonovax store on Dublin's North Earl Street. When they found out that "Bona Vox" means "good voice" in Latin, Gavin started to refer to Paul as Bona Vox and the name quickly caught on. The name was eventually shortened to Bono, the name that we have all come to recognise. The shop still remains there today and for the ultra-fan it is well worth the detour for a photo op.