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  • Northside West

Beatles’ Adelphi shows commemorated

Wednesday, 14th November, 2018 1:00pm
Beatles’ Adelphi shows commemorated

Pete Brennan and Pat Moore of Beatles Ireland with a framed picture of the Fab Four arriving into Dublin.

Beatles’ Adelphi shows commemorated

Pete Brennan and Pat Moore of Beatles Ireland with a framed picture of the Fab Four arriving into Dublin.

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BEATLEMANIA in Dublin was remembered last week when a commemorative plaque was unveiled at the rear of Arnotts on the anniversary of the Liverpool band’s concerts in the capital 55 years ago.

The Fab Four preformed two gigs at the old Adelphi Cinema in the heart of the city in November 1963 , attracting thousands of screaming fans to Middle Abbey Street.

The plaque is part of Dublin City Council’s commemorative plaque initiative and was proposed by former Sunday Tribune editor, journalist Paddy Murray.

Murray submitted an application to the council last February and it was approved by the Commemorative Naming Committee in March.

Arnotts then gave permission for the plaque to be placed on their building, the old site of the Adelphi Cinema, allowing last week’s ceremony to go ahead.

“I regret that I wasn't old enough to be at either of the concerts on that night in 1963, being barely ten years of age at the time,” said Murray.

“And I also regret not even being old enough to claim that I was, in fact, there!”

The plaque was unveiled by Dublin Lord Mayor, Nial Ring.

“The Beatles provided the background music to my (very early!) childhood and their visit here allowed Dubliners to experience something of the swinging ‘60s in our own city,” he said.

“I think it is very fitting that this plaque is now in place to mark the spot where thousands of people stood on that famous night in 1963.

“The Beatles popularity and influence continues today, and this commemorative plaque acts as a focal point for fans and all music lovers, to remember these four talented young musicians who all had Irish roots and who played here so early in their fantastic careers.”

Arnotts General Manager, Alma Hanley, said the famous department store was delighted for the plaque to be erected on its back wall.

“As we celebrate 175 years in business this year, we have been reflecting on our own history and the performance by the Beatles is one of the highlights,” she added.

“We hope than many Beetles fans will enjoy visiting the spot where they once played.”

Amongst those gathered with fans for the ceremony was Gay Byrne, who claims the Beatles once asked him to become their manager, and Éanna Brophy who, as a young journalist covered the Adelphi shows.

“I knew instinctively that there was something special about these newcomers,” she said.

“Little did I realise how special.”

The Beatles commemorative plaque. Pictured with Gay Byrne (right) is Pete Brennan from Beatles Ireland holding a piece of the Adelphi Cinema stage where the Beatles played. Photo: Colm Mahady/Fennells

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