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Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm and Geri Horner of the Spice Girls in concert at Croke Park in Dublin. Pic: Andrew Timms/PA Wire.
Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm and Geri Horner of the Spice Girls in concert at Croke Park in Dublin. Pic: Andrew Timms/PA Wire.
Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee arrives at Croke Park stadium in Dublin for The Spice Girls World Tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 24, 2019. Their tour of venues across the UK begins in May, and continues through to June. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Tom Honan/PA Wire
Matthew Barrett arrives at Croke Park stadium in Dublin for The Spice Girls World Tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 24, 2019. Their tour of venues across the UK begins in May, and continues through to June. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Tom Honan/PA Wire
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his sister Sonia Varadkar arrive at Croke Park stadium in Dublin for The Spice Girls World Tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 24, 2019. Their tour of venues across the UK begins in May, and continues through to June. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Tom Honan/PA Wire
Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee arrives at Croke Park stadium in Dublin for The Spice Girls World Tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 24, 2019. Their tour of venues across the UK begins in May, and continues through to June. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Tom Honan/PA Wire
Spice Girls fan Rosa Walsh, 7, arrives at Croke Park stadium in Dublin for The Spice Girls World Tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 24, 2019. Their tour of venues across the UK begins in May, and continues through to June. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Tom Honan/PA Wire
Handout photo dated 24/05/19 issued by Dawbell of Geri Horner of the Spice Girls in concert at Croke Park in Dublin. The pop group took to the stage for the first time in seven years to kick off their highly-anticipated stadium reunion tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 25, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Andrew Timms/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo dated 24/05/19 issued by Dawbell of Geri Horner of the Spice Girls in concert at Croke Park in Dublin. The pop group took to the stage for the first time in seven years to kick off their highly-anticipated stadium reunion tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 25, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Andrew Timms/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo dated 24/05/19 issued by Dawbell of Melanie Brown of the Spice Girls in concert at Croke Park in Dublin. The pop group took to the stage for the first time in seven years to kick off their highly-anticipated stadium reunion tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 25, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Andrew Timms/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo dated 24/05/19 issued by Dawbell of the Spice Girls in concert at Croke Park in Dublin. The pop group took to the stage for the first time in seven years to kick off their highly-anticipated stadium reunion tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 25, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Andrew Timms/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo dated 24/05/19 issued by Dawbell of (left to right) Melanie Brown and Melanie Chisholm of the Spice Girls after their concert at Croke Park in Dublin. The pop group took to the stage for the first time in seven years to kick off their highly-anticipated stadium reunion tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 25, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Andrew Timms/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo dated 24/05/19 issued by Dawbell of (left to right) Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Geri Horner and Melanie Chisholm of the Spice Girls in concert at Croke Park in Dublin. The pop group took to the stage for the first time in seven years to kick off their highly-anticipated stadium reunion tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 25, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Andrew Timms/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo dated 24/05/19 issued by Dawbell of Melanie Chisholm of the Spice Girls in concert at Croke Park in Dublin. The pop group took to the stage for the first time in seven years to kick off their highly-anticipated stadium reunion tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 25, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Andrew Timms/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo dated 24/05/19 issued by Dawbell of Emma Bunton of the Spice Girls in concert at Croke Park in Dublin. The pop group took to the stage for the first time in seven years to kick off their highly-anticipated stadium reunion tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 25, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Andrew Timms/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo dated 24/05/19 issued by Dawbell of (left to right) Melanie Brown and Geri Horner of the Spice Girls in concert at Croke Park in Dublin. The pop group took to the stage for the first time in seven years to kick off their highly-anticipated stadium reunion tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 25, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Andrew Timms/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo dated 24/05/19 issued by Dawbell of (left to right) Geri Horner and Melanie Chisholm of the Spice Girls in concert at Croke Park in Dublin. The pop group took to the stage for the first time in seven years to kick off their highly-anticipated stadium reunion tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 25, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Andrew Timms/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo dated 24/05/19 issued by Dawbell of (left to right) Emma Bunton and Melane Brown of the Spice Girls in concert at Croke Park in Dublin. The pop group took to the stage for the first time in seven years to kick off their highly-anticipated stadium reunion tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 25, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Andrew Timms/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo dated 24/05/19 issued by Dawbell of Geri Horner of the Spice Girls in concert at Croke Park in Dublin. The pop group took to the stage for the first time in seven years to kick off their highly-anticipated stadium reunion tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 25, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Andrew Timms/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo dated 24/05/19 issued by Dawbell of (left to right) Melanie Brown of the Spice Girls in concert at Croke Park in Dublin. The pop group took to the stage for the first time in seven years to kick off their highly-anticipated stadium reunion tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 25, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Andrew Timms/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo dated 24/05/19 issued by Dawbell of (left to right) Melanie Brown, Geri Horner, Emma Bunton and Melanie Chisholm of the Spice Girls in concert at Croke Park in Dublin. The pop group took to the stage for the first time in seven years to kick off their highly-anticipated stadium reunion tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 25, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Andrew Timms/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo dated 24/05/19 issued by Dawbell of (left to right) Emma Bunton, geri Horner, Melanie Brown and Melanie Chisholm of the Spice Girls in concert at Croke Park in Dublin. The pop group took to the stage for the first time in seven years to kick off their highly-anticipated stadium reunion tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 25, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Andrew Timms/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo dated 24/05/19 issued by Dawbell of Geri Horner, Emma Bunton, Melanie Brown and Melanie Chisholm of the Spice Girls in concert at Croke Park in Dublin. The pop group took to the stage for the first time in seven years to kick off their highly-anticipated stadium reunion tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 25, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Andrew Timms/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo dated 24/05/19 issued by Dawbell of Emma Bunton of the Spice Girls in concert at Croke Park in Dublin. The pop group took to the stage for the first time in seven years to kick off their highly-anticipated stadium reunion tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 25, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Andrew Timms/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Spice Girls fans (left to right) Julie Anne Murphy, Emma Lynch and Maxine Allen, as they arrive at Croke Park stadium in Dublin for The Spice Girls World Tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 24, 2019. Their tour of venues across the UK begins in May, and continues through to June. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Tom Honan/PA Wire
Spice Girls fan Anna Geary arrives at Croke Park stadium in Dublin for The Spice Girls World Tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 24, 2019. Their tour of venues across the UK begins in May, and continues through to June. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Tom Honan/PA Wire
Spice Girls fans (left to right) Kayleigh Lowe, Jo Eaton, Ciara De Buitléar and Cristina Maher, arrive at Croke Park stadium in Dublin for The Spice Girls World Tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 24, 2019. Their tour of venues across the UK begins in May, and continues through to June. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Tom Honan/PA Wire
Spice Girls fans (left to right) Liz Devine, Rebecca Byrne and Laura Reddy arrive at Croke Park stadium in Dublin for The Spice Girls World Tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 24, 2019. Their tour of venues across the UK begins in May, and continues through to June. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Tom Honan/PA Wire
Spice Girls fans Ciara O'Connor (left) and Lorraine Lyons arrive at Croke Park stadium in Dublin for The Spice Girls World Tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 24, 2019. Their tour of venues across the UK begins in May, and continues through to June. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Tom Honan/PA Wire
Handout photo dated 24/05/19 issued by Dawbell of the Spice Girls in concert at Croke Park in Dublin. The pop group took to the stage for the first time in seven years to kick off their highly-anticipated stadium reunion tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 25, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Andrew Timms/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo dated 24/05/19 issued by Dawbell of (left to right) Melanie Chisholm, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton and Geri Horner of the Spice Girls in concert at Croke Park in Dublin. The pop group took to the stage for the first time in seven years to kick off their highly-anticipated stadium reunion tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 25, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Andrew Timms/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo dated 24/05/19 issued by Dawbell of (left to right) Melanie Brown of the Spice Girls in concert at Croke Park in Dublin. The pop group took to the stage for the first time in seven years to kick off their highly-anticipated stadium reunion tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 25, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Andrew Timms/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo dated 24/05/19 issued by Dawbell of (left to right) Melanie Chisholm, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton and Geri Horner of the Spice Girls in concert at Croke Park in Dublin. The pop group took to the stage for the first time in seven years to kick off their highly-anticipated stadium reunion tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 25, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Andrew Timms/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo dated 24/05/19 issued by Dawbell of Emma Bunton of the Spice Girls in concert at Croke Park in Dublin. The pop group took to the stage for the first time in seven years to kick off their highly-anticipated stadium reunion tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 25, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Andrew Timms/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
A Spice Girls fan wearing a hat at Croke Park stadium in Dublin for The Spice Girls World Tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 24, 2019. Their tour of venues across the UK begins in May, and continues through to June. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Tom Honan/PA Wire
Spice Girls Fans (rear, left to right) Bella Flynn, Celine Buckley, Lisa Donohoe and Amanda Mulvaney, (front, left to right) Kellie Buckley and Gemma Collins, arrive at Croke Park stadium in Dublin for The Spice Girls World Tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 24, 2019. Their tour of venues across the UK begins in May, and continues through to June. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Tom Honan/PA Wire
Spice Girls Fans (rear, left to right) Bella Flynn, Celine Buckley, Lisa Donohoe and Amanda Mulvaney, (front, left to right) Kellie Buckley and Gemma Collins, arrive at Croke Park stadium in Dublin for The Spice Girls World Tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 24, 2019. Their tour of venues across the UK begins in May, and continues through to June. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Tom Honan/PA Wire
Spice Girls Fans (left to right) Paula Davis, Marie Byrne, Laura Davis, Adel Delaney and Amy Foley arrive at Croke Park stadium in Dublin for The Spice Girls World Tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 24, 2019. Their tour of venues across the UK begins in May, and continues through to June. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Tom Honan/PA Wire
Spice Girls Fans (left to right) Collette King, Cara King, 13, Erin King, 11, Brian King and Izzy King, 7, arrive at Croke Park stadium in Dublin for The Spice Girls World Tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 24, 2019. Their tour of venues across the UK begins in May, and continues through to June. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Tom Honan/PA Wire
Undated handout photo issued by Andrew Timms of a sneak peek of the Spice Girls reunion tour, which starts on Friday in Dublin, given to fans by Geri Horner, as she posted a picture of herself on stage rehearsing alongside Mel C. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 21, 2019. She also posted shots of the stage, complete with large screens on either side and a large Spice World set piece in the centre of the stage. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Andrew Timms/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo dated 24/05/19 issued by Dawbell of (left to right) Melanie Brown, Geri Horner, Melanie Chisholm and Emma Bunton of the Spice Girls in concert at Croke Park in Dublin. The pop group took to the stage for the first time in seven years to kick off their highly-anticipated stadium reunion tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 25, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Andrew Timms/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo dated 24/05/19 issued by Dawbell of Emma Bunton of the Spice Girls in concert at Croke Park in Dublin. The pop group took to the stage for the first time in seven years to kick off their highly-anticipated stadium reunion tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 25, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Andrew Timms/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo dated 24/05/19 issued by Dawbell of Geri Horner of the Spice Girls in concert at Croke Park in Dublin. The pop group took to the stage for the first time in seven years to kick off their highly-anticipated stadium reunion tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 25, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Andrew Timms/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo dated 24/05/19 issued by Dawbell of (left to right) Emma Bunton of the Spice Girls in concert at Croke Park in Dublin. The pop group took to the stage for the first time in seven years to kick off their highly-anticipated stadium reunion tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 25, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Andrew Timms/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo dated 24/05/19 issued by Dawbell of Emma Bunton of the Spice Girls in concert at Croke Park in Dublin. The pop group took to the stage for the first time in seven years to kick off their highly-anticipated stadium reunion tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 25, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Andrew Timms/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo dated 24/05/19 issued by Dawbell of (left to right) Geri Horner of the Spice Girls in concert at Croke Park in Dublin. The pop group took to the stage for the first time in seven years to kick off their highly-anticipated stadium reunion tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 25, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Andrew Timms/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo dated 24/05/19 issued by Dawbell of Geri Horner, Emma Bunton, Melanie Brown and Melanie Chisholm of the Spice Girls in concert at Croke Park in Dublin. The pop group took to the stage for the first time in seven years to kick off their highly-anticipated stadium reunion tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 25, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Andrew Timms/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Spice Girls fans (left to right) Liz Devine, Rebecca Byrne and Laura Reddy arrive at Croke Park stadium in Dublin for The Spice Girls World Tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 24, 2019. Their tour of venues across the UK begins in May, and continues through to June. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Tom Honan/PA Wire
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his sister Sonia Varadkar arrive at Croke Park stadium in Dublin for The Spice Girls World Tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 24, 2019. Their tour of venues across the UK begins in May, and continues through to June. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Tom Honan/PA Wire
Spice Girls Fans (left to right) Collette King, Cara King, 13, Erin King, 11, Brian King and Izzy King, 7, arrive at Croke Park stadium in Dublin for The Spice Girls World Tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 24, 2019. Their tour of venues across the UK begins in May, and continues through to June. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Tom Honan/PA Wire
Undated handout photo issued by Andrew Timms of a sneak peek of the Spice Girls reunion tour, which starts on Friday in Dublin, given to fans by Geri Horner, as she posted a picture of herself on stage rehearsing alongside Mel C. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 21, 2019. She also posted shots of the stage, complete with large screens on either side and a large Spice World set piece in the centre of the stage. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Andrew Timms/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by Andrew Timms of a shot of the stage for the Spice Girls reunion tour, complete with large screens on either side and a large Spice World set piece in the centre of the stage, given to fans by Geri Horner, as the tour starts on Friday in Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 21, 2019. She also posted a picture of herself on stage rehearsing alongside Mel C. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Andrew Timms/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by Andrew Timms of a shot of the stage for the Spice Girls reunion tour, complete with large screens on either side and a large Spice World set piece in the centre of the stage, given to fans by Geri Horner, as the tour starts on Friday in Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 21, 2019. She also posted a picture of herself on stage rehearsing alongside Mel C. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Andrew Timms/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by Andrew Timms of a sneak peek of the Spice Girls reunion tour, which starts on Friday in Dublin, of Emma Bunton on stage rehearsing alongside Melanie Brown. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 21, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Spice. Photo credit should read: Andrew Timms/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Allan Preston

By Allan Preston

Spice Girls fans finally got what they really, really wanted last night as the group’s comeback tour kicked off in Dublin.

Among the expected 75,000 flocking to Croke Park was Belfast Telegraph reporter Lauren Harte (34).

"I can't wait, I never got to see them in the 1990s but I'm so glad they're back together and that we're getting the chance now," she said.

"It was all my friend Tori's idea to go, so I'm blaming her!

"The only thing I'm disappointed in is that my favourite, Posh Spice (Victoria Beckham), obviously isn't there, but we can't have everything. But hopefully the other four will make up for it. I honestly couldn't pick a favourite song, but I'm curious to see how many lyrics I'll remember."

Also making the trip was former Ulster Unionist MLA Jo-Anne Dobson. Speaking from a packed train yesterday afternoon, she said the party atmosphere was in full swing.

"It's standing room only and one lovely lady has let me sit on her suitcase, there's so many women here in Spice Girls T-Shirts but there's such a camaraderie," she said.

"I think a lot of us are reliving our youth. I'm heading down with my best friend to meet her daughter and friend later, so tonight we're bridging the generations but the atmosphere is already amazing. It's just a dream because we grew up with the Spice Girls, so just to see them in reality will be incredible.

"Everyone has busy, busy lives so it's wonderful to get a break and join in for all this euphoria and excitement.

"I was an absolutely massive fan back in the day. We've watched them evolve as women but they've never lost that sense of fun. I think they epitomise all that's good about life. I love them all but Baby Spice, Emma Bunton, is probably my favourite," Mrs Dobson said.

Northern Ireland fans Lauren and Tori at the stadium
Northern Ireland fans Lauren and Tori at the stadium
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was at the concert with his sister Sonia
Jo-Anne Dobson and her friend
Fans (from left) Paula Davis, Marie Byrne, Laura Davis, Adel Delaney and Amy Foley ahead of the Croke Park concert

The huge Dublin show is the first time the group have shared the stage since the 2012 Olympic Games in London. It is also the first time an all-female band have played Croke Park.

Getting to grips with the sights in Dublin yesterday, Emma Bunton posed for a risque photo with the famous Molly Malone statue, posting on Twitter, "Good luck from Molly". While anticipating the influx of fans, An Garda Siochana got into the spirit with a Spice Girls-themed traffic announcement, writing: "So here's the story from A to Z, you wanna get to the gig you gotta listen carefully."

Another concert-goer commented: "Going by all the leopard print I've seen in the last 20 minutes alone in Dublin, Scary Spice (Mel B) is the most popular of the Spice Girls.

"To be fair you probably wouldn't catch anyone wearing Ginger Spice (Geri Halliwell's) Union Jack dress around here."

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