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Rare photos of The Rolling Stones uncovered

Mick Jagger and guitarist Brian Jones performing at the Adelphi Theatre, Dublin, during the band's second Irish tour of 1965 Photo: Irish Photo Archive/PA Wire

Fourteen never-been-seen-before photographs of fresh faced Rolling Stones on their way to a gig in Dublin in 1965 have surfaced.

The images feature the band at Dublin Airport, performing at the Adelphi Theatre on Middle Abbey Street, backstage and at Connolly Station. They were taken just weeks after their hit (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction reached the No 1 spot.

The photographs were discovered when the Irish Photo Archive - which contains about two million images, many of which are unpublished celebrity shots - were being catalogued and went online.

Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones waves to fans at Dublin Airport Credit: Irish Photo Archive/PA Wire

The two photographers who captured the visit, Padraig MacBrian and Andy Farren, owned the Lensmen Photographic Agency. Now aged in their 90s they still live in Dublin.

Susan Kennedy, current owner of Lensmen, said the negatives had been among millions of negatives orderly filed away in boxes over four storeys of office space.

"It's been a long tortuous process to get these photographs.

"But they are a great find. It's the painstaking way that Padraig and Andy kept their information that helped. Before, during the Celtic Tiger, we were too busy to be rooting around in the negatives."

– Susan Kennedy, owner of Lensmen
The Rolling Stones's Charlie Watts signing an autograph for a young fan, at Dublin Airport Credit: Irish Photo Archive/PA Wire

The photographs will feature in a 42-page collector's edition hardback book which is being published to coincide with the release of the movie The Rolling Stones Charlie is My Darling - Ireland 1965 which tells the story of the band's two day tour of the country.

Described by Billboard magazine as "arguably the most exciting document of the Stones' early years", Charlie Is My Darling was shot in Dublin and Belfast in September 1965.

Shot by director Peter Whitehead but never officially released, it has been remastered and lengthened and will be released as part of the band's 50th anniversary celebrations.

The images will also go on public display in Dublin Airport from November.