Dublin to the beat of U2
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The famous Temple Bar district is one such place: its Wall of Fame pays tribute to successful Irish artists, both past and present. Not surprisingly, U2 take pride of place. Dublin even has a Rock ‘n’ Stroll Trail, with commemorative plaques fixed to buildings all over the city. Two are dedicated to U2, one at Windmill Lane Studios, where they recorded their earlier albums (the studios have since moved), and the other at Dandelion Market, the venue for the group’s first gigs. However, the pilgrimage to see all of U2’s Dublin doesn’t stop there. You can visit the locations where they filmed some of their most iconic music videos (Fitzwilliam Square or the roof of The Clarence Hotel). Other interesting spots include places where they rehearsed or which starred in the band’s early promotional photos, as well as the house where Bono grew up.
Thanks to their fans, U2 have their own Dublin exhibition. Entitled ‘U2: Made in Dublin’, it’s on at The Little Museum of Ireland. This fan-curated exhibition charts the band’s journey over the last 40 years, featuring treasured photos and souvenirs. It’s a definite must-see for all U2 fans visiting the Irish capital.
Another essential stop is the Hard Rock Cafe Dublin. Inside, U2 memorabilia graces the walls and display cases of this establishment. A true tribute. Standout items include handwritten song lyrics and one of the cars from the Zoo TV Tour, which took them halfway around the world between 1992 and 1993.