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All That You Can’t Leave Behind: U2's 16 Year Hanover Quay Journey


Some songs take a lot of singing: after 16 years, the saga of 15-18 Hanover Quay in Dublin is only just reaching the bridge.

Irish rock legends U2 had been using part of the site overlooking Grand Canal Dock as a recording studio until it was announced in 2002 that it was recquired by the Dublin Docklands Development Authority, who planned a 32-storey tower there. The DDDA paid €5.1M in 2004.

The U2 Tower was felled by the 2008 economic crash, and in 2014 U2 bought the site back — this time from NAMA — for €450,000, in a deal that subsequently attracted controversy.

Now a planning application has been submitted by Golden Brook Limited and MHEC Limited for a 29K SF, four storey U2 museum, the Irish Times reports.

The exhibition and visitor centre plan was first revealed in October.

The new centre will be next to Harry Crosbie's planned 20-bedroom hotel at 9 Hanover Quay. Crosbie was the owner of the part of the U2 site in the last decade.

Related Topics: Nama, Dublin docklands, U2, Bono