DUBLIN City Council has confirmed what everyone else seems to have known, that U2 were filming on Samuel Beckett Bridge last Sunday for their upcoming new album.
A senior official confirmed that the bridge was closed to all traffic to allow the filming of a ‘U2 project’ – wildly believed to be a scene for a new single from the band’s much anticipated 13th studio album.
Defending the decision to close one of the major crossing points of the Liffey on the day of an All-Ireland semi-final, especially when all rail services into the city were suspended as a result of a strike, the council said that the decision was made to ‘showcase the potential’ of the city as a filming location.
‘We facilitated the filming as part of the council’s strategy to promote the city. This has the beneficial effect to help showcase the city to potential domestic and international visitors,’ said a council spokesperson.
The confirmation comes after a week of speculation about the secret nature of the filming, which saw the area around the bridge blocked from sight by a private security presence.
Watched over by at least two garda patrol cars, black sheets were strategically placed across the bridge to obscure what was happening. Even the traffic camera on the bridge was shut off for the duration of filming.
A U2 spokesperson said the group was in the process of filming a video for at least one of the songs on their 13th studio album which is rumored to be released as early as next month, a full five years after their last album.
It’s understood none of the band was at the city center location.
The shooting at the Samuel Beckett Bridge was part of four days of filming throughout the city. Other locations included close to the Pepper Canister Church in Dublin 2 and an area near the Four Courts.