The Beatles in Dublin in 1963.
Frenzy and Hysteria in Dublin.
On Thursday the 7th November 1963 the Beatles played two gigs in Dublin, at the Adelphi Cinema on Middle Abbey Street. Beatlemania hit Dublin with a frenzy and hysteria not seen on the capital city before, there were over 200 gardai on duty that night to control the crowds.
The morning newspapers reported riots on Middle Abbey Street outside the Adelphi and several arrests were made. As one audience left the theater after the 6.30pm show they mixed with the people queuing to attend the 9 pm show.
At the end of the show the fab 4 had to escape the crowd by travelling in an Evening Herald Newspaper delivery van. The Beatles stayed in the Gresham Hotel on O'Connell Street overnight. Earlier that day a crowd of 400 people greeted the arrival of the group at Dublin Airport. The Aer Lingus plane landed at 12.15pm. Frank Hall a young reporter with RTE TV recorded a unique early interview were he probed the boys Irish ancestry backgrounds.
On Friday morning 8th November at 11.45am the Beatles left the Gresham Hotel by car and traveled to Belfast.