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U2 visitor centre to attract 'millions of fans' to Dublin

By Gordon Deegan

A new U2 visitor centre in Dublin will become a "destination experience for the millions of U2 fans around the world," it's been claimed.

Planning documents lodged with Dublin City Council give a sneak preview of what the band are planning for the Hanover Quay site.

The four storey building - with a total floor area of 2,864 sq metres - will include a reconstruction of the band's original studio.

There will also be themed exhibit areas that include a series of abstract scenes such as 'the Music Room' and 'Larry's Kitchen'.

The application by Golden Brook Ltd and MHEC Ltd also includes a cafe, auditorium, reception and an area for selling merchandise.

According to Manahan Town Planners, the visitor centre "will contain exhibit spaces, which will house memorabilia from U2's vast musical history including old guitars, performance outfits and paraphernalia from their past".

ODAA, the Dublin-based architects working on the project, are planning to install a removable pontoon so that fans can access and exit the building on the waterside.

Manahan Town Planners say that it's proposed to demolish the buildings on the site and create "a world class tourist attraction featuring a permanent, yet constantly evolving, exhibition of the U2 story on the site they recorded six albums".

The application has already attracted support from the Irish Tourism and Industry Confederation (ITIC) and the Intercontinental Hotel in Dublin.

But resident Niamh O'Shea has told the city council that the proposal "is something I strongly object to. This part of Hanover Quay is narrow and residential.

"The creation of another tourist attraction in the area would put major pressure on the road facilities and disturb the enjoyment of people's homes."

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