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Freedom of Dublin for U2

Reuters
The four members of Irish supergroup U2 are to be granted the Freedom of Dublin, the city council has decreed.

Bono, the Edge, Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton, as well as their manager Paul McGuinness -- all from the Irish capital -- will be conferred with the honour for their contribution to life in the city, said Lord Mayor Mary Freehill.

She added: "Despite their international success they continue to live, record and plan their world-class campaigns here.

"The band are always quick to support the city's charities and cultural initiatives."

Members of the council voted unanimously to honour the band, which found fame in the early 1980s and has maintained its status over the years as one of the most popular groups in the world.

Ms. Freehill said: "U2 placed Dublin on the map as an attractive destination for many young music lovers who would never have visited Ireland otherwise."

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