A BELOVED bear owned by U2's Bono and his wife Ali Hewson is just one of more than 100 teddies on show in a new exhibition.
The show at the children's arts and cultural venue, The Ark, was first displayed in London's Victoria and Albert museum in 2003 to mark the centenary of the teddy bear and began touring around Britain and America in 2013.
The exhibition features the Hewsons' toy, known to them as 'Greg's Bear', as it belonged to their late friend Greg Carroll.
"We have tried to give it an Irish twist," curator of The Ark Aideen Lynch explained.
"So we have a handful of bears called the Tara Bears on display that were made in Mayo and some teddy bears on loan from The Dolls Store Hospital & Museum."
"Teddy bears have a very interesting history in Ireland," said Ms Lynch. "During World War II, Ireland increased their production of teddy bears to meet demands from Britain. So we had a sort of 'teddy bear boom'."
The exhibition, which runs at The Ark till April 6, includes photographic portraits from Mark Nixon's 'Much Loved' book.
Staff members of The Ark have donated their childhood teddies to the cause.
Duffy Mooney-Sheppard (27), from Dundrum, Dublin, found her prized teddy bear in a skip.
"I loved him because he had no eyes," she said. "I was nine years old and thought if I loved him enough he would come to life," she said. Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to bring their own teddy bears to enhance the experience.