U2 shows pump $70m into Ireland's economy

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Hotels, bars restaurants report bumper earnings as fans flock to capital

By KELLY FINCHAM, IrishCentral.Com Editor

U2 have boosted the Irish economy by a whopping $70m with their three shows in Dublin this weekend.

Experts say the band's three sell-out shows at Croke Park pumped $70m into Ireland's faltering economy.

Restuarants, bars and hotels reported bumper earningas as fans flocked to the Irish capital to see the boys from Northside

The concerts have electrified Ireland, so much so that Dublin Criminal Court was forced to cancel jury deliberations for the weekend because too many jurors had tickets.

The shows were also a critical success with rave reviews in Ireland.

Irish Times critic Tony Clayton-Lea said the band was simply unbeatable while Barry

Egan from the Sunday Independent said only a begrudger would fault their performance.

They play the last of their triumphant three gigs in Ireland tonight before moving on to Gothenburg in Sweden.

The band will play their first American gig at a sold-out Soldier's Field in Chicago on September 11

The U.S. leg of the massive tour will see them perform in Chicago, Boston, NEw York, Houston, Washington, Charlottesville, Raleigh, Atlanta, Tampa, Dallas, Houston, Oklahoma, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

The band, which will wrap up the tour in Vancouver, Canada, on October 28, will have played an astonishing 44 shows since kicking off the 360 Tour in Barcelona on June 30.

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