Fray guitarist Joe King receives encouragement from U2 for new single ‘Need a Woman by Friday’

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Fray guitarist Joe King recently found out how supportive U2 can be when he sent his new single to the band.

After listening to “Need a Woman by Friday,” King said Bono told him in an email: “I need a song like this every Friday.”

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U2 stars revive €150m Clarence makeover plans

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BONO and The Edge have revived their plans to carry out a €150m revamp of Dublin’s upmarket Clarence Hotel.

The highly ambitious project was shelved in 2009 as a result of the recession, but it is now back on the table.

It has emerged that the U2 pair, along with developer Paddy McKillen, have sought fresh planning permission.

Documents filed this month with Dublin City Council requests an “extension of duration of planning permission” to build a “new and enlarged Clarence Hotel” by July 2018.

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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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Artist Guggi draws U2 pals to his new collection

Bono and his wife Ali Hewson with artist and long-time friend Guggi and his wife Sibylle

by Laura Butler

A HOST of famous friends have gathered together to celebrate internationally acclaimed artist Guggi’s first exhibition in Ireland in four years – and leading the way was best friend Bono.

There was a glowing turnout as Guggi unveiled his latest collection at the Kerlin Gallery in Dublin last night.

Showing his continued support for the creative visionary, the U2 frontman, who arrived with wife Ali Hewson, told the Irish Independent of his delight to see his close friend’s work come to fruition.

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Bono’s pick Dropbox to double Irish staff by 2014

Singer invested in data storage giant and helped lure it to capital

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By Tom Lyons

Dropbox, the Californian technology firm backed by Bono and the Edge, hopes to double its Dublin staff numbers to close to 100 by 2014.

The data storage company, which has 100 million users worldwide, will focus its initial 40 hires on technical sales and support but Mitra Lohrasbpour, its head of European operations, said: “Our long- term goal is much grander than that.”

“We will branch out into regional marketing and regional partnerships and potentially some policy and legal work,” she added.

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