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Armed Gardai patrols for U2 and Coldplay gigs at Croke Park

Armed Gardai patrols will be present at the upcoming sold-out Coldplay and U2 gigs at Croke Park in Dublin.

The English rockers are set to perform to around 73,000 fans this Saturday when they bring their Head Full of Dreams tour to the venue.

Meanwhile U2 will take to the stage to perform as part of their Joshua Tree Tour on Saturday, July 22.

Security has been increased for both concerts following the recent terror attacks in the UK, with around a thousand stewards and 180 Gardai expected to patrol the gigs.

Inspector Tony Gallagher, of Mountjoy Garda Station, said: "Our plan is to deal with any kind of eventuality so we do have a response to it, but it's a reassurance model in terms of the overall package, in terms of policing the event.

"Of course, we would be naive not to have an awareness of what's going on in Europe and that's what we say when we talk about a component of a plan that might respond to that.

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"Armed personnel are a feature of a lot of the events that we run at Croke Park."

In May, 23 people were killed at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena after one man detonated a bomb as people were leaving the venue.

The terrorist attack threat level currently remains at 'moderate' in Ireland.

Event controller Eamonn Fox added that "very tight security" has always been in place at public gigs and events, but they have increased it in the wake of recent events.

Concert-goers are once again being advised to allow extra time for security checks heading into the venue and to use public transport where possible.

"The additional bag search is something we had done before on the pitch areas (at Croke Park) and now we've increased it to the seating area, so it's heightened our awareness," Mr Fox said.

List of banned items at Croke Park:

  • Large backpacks and rucksacks
  • Umbrellas
  • Garden furniture or seats
  • Food
  • Banners or flags larger than A4 size
  • Laser pointers
  • Glowsticks
  • Flashlights
  • Inflatable balls or balloons
  • Weapons
  • Fireworks
  • Glass or cans
  • Alcohol
  • Studs and spikes
  • Selfie sticks
  • Cameras with more than 1’’ lens
  • Video cameras and audio recording devices

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