Saturday 29 April 2017

U2 welcomes some famous Irish faces on stage for final Dublin tour night

A selfie taken on stage last night featuring band members, Imelda May and Panti. Source: U2 Twitter
A selfie taken on stage last night featuring band members, Imelda May and Panti. Source: U2 Twitter
U2 with Imelda May and Panti Bliss @ 3Arena, Dublin. Photo: Samy Mosher
Panti Bliss and Imelda May join U2 on stage (Photo: Claire Murphy)
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

U2 welcomed two famous Irish faces on stage for the final night of their Dublin tour leg last night.

'Queen of Ireland' Panti Bliss was welcomed on stage by Bono and the gang to the tune of 'Mysterious Ways'.

Panti, otherwise known as gay rights activist Rory O'Neill, strutted her stuff down the stage in the 3 Arena.

Rory O'Neill received an honorary degree at Trinity College on Friday.

Mr O'Neill said the award had taken on special significance "because of the very special year it had been for the LGBT community in Ireland".

Singer and Liberties native Imelda May also joined the group on stage, before Bono started playing the band's 1988 tune 'Desire'.

Bono and Imelda May on stage last night. Photo: Samy Mosher
Bono and Imelda May on stage last night. Photo: Samy Mosher

Bray singer Hozier was also at the gig and took to Twitter on Sunday to say, "Spectacular @U2 show last night. Very glad I got home to see that.  Crowds were on another level."

The show, which is part of the U2 Innocence + Experience tour, also saw a few well-known faces in the crowd during the week.

Academy Award-winning actor Matt Damon enjoyed Friday's U2 gig in Dublin's 3Arena.

Bono took a pause from belting out the tunes to announce that both Matt Damon and Castleknock native Colin Farrell were amongst the fans listening to the band.

Damon spent some of his time hanging out with Kodaline frontman Steve Garrigan and his girlfriend, TV presenter Diana Bunici.

Amy Huberman posted a picture to Instagram of herself and hubby Brian O'Driscoll also enjoying the show, while Taoiseach Enda Kenny was also reportedly spotted at Friday's show.

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