World-conquering boyband One Direction, who shot to fame after the X-Factor three years ago, took their ‘Take Me Home’ Tour to the O2 in Dublin last week.
The Dundalk Democrat caught a few fans boarding the Sevens coach to the O2 on Wednesday evening, to see how they were feeling about the big night.
First on the scene was Niamh Finnegan whose mother Karen told us she had been up early that morning with the excitement.
“She was up at 5am this morning and is so excited to see the boys”, Karen told the paper, “She can’t wait, she got the tickets off Santy for Christmas and has been waiting since then.
“This is a dream come true for her to see them perform, especially Zayn as he is her favourite”!
Zoe Bailey was also excited to get going and was most looking forward to seeing her favourite member Niall on stage.
Lauren Moran and Shannan O’Hare told the paper that they couldn’t pick a favourite and loved “all of them”. The girls had gotten their tickets last March and so were excited that the time had finally come to see the band.
Mary Hanratty Clements didn’t find it hard to pick a favourite and Zayn was her pick of the bunch.
“She loves him”, Mary Burke told the paper, “she is constantly talking about him and the band”.
Kia McKenna and her mother Samantha were also glad the day of the concert had finally arrived.
“Kia got the tickets last September as a birthday present and has been excited ever since”, her mother Samantha explained.
Joleen Matthews told us she was “very excited” and had also been waiting just over a year for the big day as she got her ticket last March.
The Take Me Home Tour, which commenced at London’s O2 Arena on February 23 this year, was announced by band member Liam Payne at the 2012 BRIT Awards in early 2012 and the tickets went on sale in March 2012.
The tour has sold-out shows all around the world with the demand for tickets prompting organisers to add more dates to the itinerary.
The concert tour consists of over 100 shows in Australasia, Europe, and North America.
In the UK and Ireland, ticket sales reached 300,000 within a day of release, which included a six-date sell out at the O2 Arena in London.
In Australian and New Zealand markets, tickets grossed 15.7 million dollars, with all 190,000 tickets being sold for eighteen shows to be held in Australia and New Zealand.
For fans, getting a ticket to this sell out show is like getting a ticket to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory and is one of the most exciting night of their lives.
For those who missed out on tickets for One Direction’s four sell-out Irish concerts, there is a small consolation prize, as there were camera filming the last night’s action for a ‘One Direction 3D’ movie, due out in August.