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Plaque to mark The Beatles' only Dublin gig to be unveiled

The Beatles (l-r), Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison

A PLAQUE to mark The Beatles' only Dublin gig is to be unveiled in the city today.

The band played two performances in the Adelphi Cinema on Middle Abbey Street on November 7 1963.

That year saw the first reports of Beatlemania after the group released their debut album Please Please Me.

More than a dozen men were arrested when fights erupted after thousands gathered in the city centre to watch the two evening shows.

The Irish Times reported that cars were overturned in Abbey Street and O'Connell Street, at least 50 people were treated for minor injuries, three people were taken to hospital with fractured legs and arms and one young man was stabbed in the head.

The plaque, which has been put up as part of the council's commemorative plaques scheme, will be unveiled on Middle Abbey Street at 11.30am today.

Lord Mayor of Dublin, Nial Ring, will perform the unveiling.

The Beatles also played two dates in Belfast in the early 1960s.

They had a gig at the Ritz cinema in November 1963 and two shows at the King's Hall in November 1964.

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