Why Bono may end up paying just €517 tax on his lavish €2.5m mansion


THE Revenue’s much anticipated property website has raised many eyebrows after clumping together massive sections of the country to estimate home values.

U2 Bono’s mansion is within the south Dublin band 11, was built before 2000 and is detached which, at first glance, would place it in an |estimated band of €550,000-€600,000.

This would mean that Paul and Ali Hewson would pay just €517 for their Vico Road property this year.

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The King’s Speech: Bono to address his countrymen on St Patrick’s Day

Bono … will make St Patrick’s Day speech to Ireland

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BONO is doing his version of the Queen’s televised Christmas Day speech – on St Patrick’s Day.

The U2 frontman will broadcast a message to his homeland with Irish president MICHAEL D HIGGINS next Sunday – in an address called The President’s Call.

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U2 guitarist Edge backs music course to create next generation of stars

By Ken Sweeney

U2 guitar legend The Edge has praised the work of education programme Music Generation for making music a must among young people.

The Edge said: “Over the years, there has been a tendency for music not to be the top priority, but the great thing about Music Generation is that it’s putting it back where it needs to be.”

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Free U2 related email services

Today most people have more than one email account, one for work/professional, and a second for non-work, hobby interest. For U2 fans there are a couple of free U2 related email services that you can use.






Both services are free to use (ad supported) and available to U2 fans worldwide.
Both Free email package includes:

  • Generous 1 GB storage
  • Advanced Web 2.0 email Web Mail Interface
  • Personal calendar and address book
  • Inbox folders and message filing just like Outlook
  • No reading of email for ad targeting
  • Spam and virus filtering
  • Service options include registered email and online storage
  • 25MB file attachments

and more!


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Capitalism is no longer a four-letter word for U2 frontman Bono.

The Irish rocker told a tech conference in Dublin last week he has a new appreciation for open markets thanks to his charitable work co-founding the One campaign, a movement to end disease and hunger in Africa.

[Bono] said it had been “a humbling thing for me” to realize the importance of capitalism and entrepreneurialism in philanthropy, particularly as someone who “got into this as a righteous anger activist with all the cliches.”

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Bono: We all belong on the cover of ‘Time’, not Enda

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Meets Bono To Discuss International Development. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Europe.


INFLUENTIAL rock star Bono believes that the people of Ireland — not Taoiseach Enda Kenny — should have featured on the cover of Time magazine.

“They are the ones who have taken all the pain,” he told the Sunday Independent last week.

The international weekly news magazine featured Mr Kenny on the cover of the European edition above the headline ‘The Celtic Comeback’.

“I heard the Taoiseach said — and I think it’s right — that the real people who should have been on the front cover were the Irish people. If it’s true he said that, then that says a lot about the man. Because it’s the people who have taken all the pain.”

The author of the article, Time Europe editor Catherine Mayer, is also a friend of Bono’s.

They met over 15 years ago through her husband, guitarist Andy Gill of post-punk band Gang of Four.

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Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil show opens

Report by Sophie Foster

U2 were among the star names attending the first UK performance of the Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson tribute show at London’s O2 Arena.

Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour, the only major tribute show approved by the late singer’s estate, will have a short run at the venue which was to have been the London home of Jackson’s doomed This is It tour.

Travis Payne, the choreographer for the production, said the star had been a huge Cirque du Soleil fan.

“I think in the aftermath of Michael’s passing, anything that I can do personally to celebrate him, the artist that he was and the genius he was and all the great work that he gave us over the decades, is just an honour,” he said.

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ROCK ICONS U2 have co-funded a new Cork music programme that could create the stars of the future.

Music Generation Cork City, a new programme to bring music to youngsters who may never otherwise have had an opportunity to play instruments or learn musical skills, begins in nine city schools this month.

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U2-sponsored scheme to help children learn music expanding

By Katherine Donnelly

The U2-sponsored scheme offering affordable music education programme to young children and teenagers is expanding.

The Music Generation programme has put a call put for applications for funding to provide free or cheap tuition to help develop young talent, whether instrumental or vocal.

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New photo exhibition puts a baby face on Bono and U2, documents gritty origins in 1970s Dublin – News

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By Associated Press

DUBLIN — In the beginning there was Bono. And what a baby face he had.

Photographs documenting the gritty beginnings of U2 in the smoky pubs and clubs of 1970s Dublin are being unveiled Thursday at an exhibition in the band’s home city. Much of the exhibition by photographer Patrick Brocklebank has never been seen before.

Brocklebank’s black-and-white images capture the teenage Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen in 1978 and 1979 gigs, their vibrant hairdos and fashion missteps, and their clowning around in impromptu shoots and scruffy nighttime hangouts.

At the time, fellow teenager Brocklebank recalls he thought U2 might just be the one local act to reach the big time — not because they sounded better than their rivals, but because they were harder-working.

“I actually preferred a few of the other Dublin bands at the time, the Virgin Prunes and the Blades,” Brocklebank said. “But the U2 people really stood out because they were organized. They knew what they wanted to achieve, even then.

“And of course Bono was never meek or mild. He was the ideal frontman,” he said. “Sometimes in the pub after a gig, you would hear Bono before you saw him. He always had a forceful personality that set him apart from the crowd.”

U2 manager Paul McGuinness is launching the exhibition Thursday night at The Little Museum of Dublin, a townhouse whose walls are filled, floor to ceiling, with eclectic memorabilia of Ireland’s turbulent 20th century. The 32-photo show will be on display through Sept. 2, and Brocklebank also is selling original prints of 10 images through the museum’s Web site.

Brocklebank was shooting for the Irish music magazine Hot Press in 1978 when he attended several of U2’s first Dublin gigs and became their occasional roadie. His first photo on Sept. 9, 1978, is of a muscle-shirted Bono, mike in hand, performing as the opening act for English punk rockers The Stranglers in front of a foul crowd of hard-core punks. U2 was paid 50 Irish pounds (about $80) for the gig.

The Stranglers’ pre-set equipment took up most of the stage, leaving U2 only one claustrophobic corner. Brocklebank recalled that fans, reflecting the punk crudities of the day, spat and tossed lit cigarettes at them throughout their set. Afterward, he said, Bono confronted The Stranglers in their dressing room about the shoddy treatment.

Barely a week later, Brocklebank took an iconic photo of U2 after another gig: the four boys posing backstage, two with fake guns in hand. Later that night, he took the first known photo of the band with their brand-new manager, McGuinness, over pints at Dublin’s long-closed Granary Bar.

The band’s humble beginnings take pride of place in that photo. Mullen, the drummer who founded the band by posting a recruitment ad on his high school’s bulletin board, can be seen holding up U2’s first award: First place in a talent competition in Limerick the previous St. Patrick’s Day, grand prize 500 Irish pounds — sufficient finance for the band to cut its first demo tape.

Brocklebank also shot publicity photos in February 1979 before U2’s first tour of Britain. A sequence of 12 images shows the band donning a range of poses — messing with fire extinguishers, pretending to be interviewed on TV, climbing atop air vents — inside the corridors and classrooms of Trinity College Dublin.

Formed in 1976, the band first performed under the name Feedback, then The Hype, before settling on U2 in March 1978. Since 1980 the band has recorded 12 albums, sold more than 150 million records, won 22 Grammys and become one of the highest-grossing live acts in history.


If You Go…

LITTLE MUSEUM OF DUBLIN: 15 St. Stephen’s Green, near Dawson Street, http://www.littlemuseum.ie/ . Open daily 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Exhibit of early photos of U2 through Sept. 2. Adults, 5 euros (about $6.50), children under 10, free (children under 16 free on weekends).

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