Thursday 22 March 2018

Bono, Bob Geldof and Colin Farrell contribute to book celebrating fathers and sons

Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

Bono and his U2 bandmates are among those who have contributed to a new anthology which launches this weekend.

‘Sons + Fathers’, produced in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation, will feature personal stories, memos and anecdotes about the special bond that men share with their offspring.

The idea for the book came about after U2’s Bono donated sentimental drawings, below, that he made of his father towards the end of his life.


“Bono planted the seed for this book with his generous gift of the drawing he made of his father when he was dying,” Irish Hospice Foundation CEO Sharon Foley said. 

“He asked if they could be used to raise money for The Irish Hospice Foundation, so we decided on a book, and the net was cast wide and far. We were blown away by the response and generosity of the participants, all who are very busy, well-known people.”

What resulted was a collaborative effort from international writers, entertainers, artists, politicians and entrepreneurs.

50874739 'Seven Psychopaths' actor Colin Farrell departs LAX with his son Henry

Contributors include filmmakers Neil Jordan and John Boorman, actors Daniel Day-Lewis, Gabriel Byrne and Colin Farrell and producer Paul Cusack.


Musicians such as Paul McCartney, Gavin Friday and Bob Geldof share their stories as do writers John Banville, Roddy Doyle, Joseph O’Connor and Salman Rushdie.

Some of the most high profile men in the world including President Clinton, Alastair Campbell and Bobby Shriver have also shared personal contributions.

Sons + Fathers will be published later this year to coincide with Father’s Day.

The book will raise vital funds for The Irish Hospice Foundation’s ‘Nurses for Night Care Service’ and for Hospice Africa Uganda.

Sons  + Fathers will be available in book stores and to buy online from this weekend.

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