Bob Geldof arrives to record the Band Aid 30 charity single at the Sarm Studios in London on Saturday. Photograph: Hannah McKay/EPA 4:15

Band Aid organiser Bob Geldof said sales had “gone manic” as the reworked version of Do They Know It’s Christmas? became available for the first time (...)

Bono speaks on stage during day three of the Web Summit 2014 at the RDS in Dublin. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA Wire

U2 front man Bono’s private plane lost a hatch as it was coming in to land at Berlin, German airport authorities have said. There was no risk t(...)

Even the star-wattage of Bono on the final discussion panel was not quite enough to deliver an exciting climax to proceedings.  Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images

After three days of talks, panels and discussions spread all over the RDS complex, it was hardly surprising that most people attending the Web Summit (...)

Peter Thiel, co-founder of Paypal, in conversation on centre stage during day three of the Web Summit. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA Wire

U2 frontman Bono closed the Web Summit yesterday, to much less fanfare than that which greeted PayPal and Tesla co-founder Elon Musk last year. The p(...)

Dermot Mr McCormack:  a graduate of the Dublin Institute of Technology

Dubliner Dermot McCormack has joined AOL in the US from Viacom as president of video and studios. He succeeds Ran Harnevo, who has left to pursue “oth(...)

Dollard House: the protected structure operated as a printworks from 1886 until the 1980s. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A protected structure on Dublin’s Liffey quays, which was part of plans to expand U2’s Clarence Hotel, is to become a new branch of restaurant and gr(...)

Slice of the Apple: U2 with Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, in California. Photograph: Stephen Lam/Reuters

As is sometimes the way when Joe Duffy thinks listeners require some relief from accounts of societal chaos, Wednesday’s edition of Liveline (RTÉ R(...)

Beach sequence: U2 on Sandymount Strand in 1978. Photograph: Sheila Rock/Rex

Bono leans in to my face so our noses are almost touching, and he sings, unaccompanied, “Life begins with the first glance, the first kiss at the f(...)

Bono and  U2 perform during an Apple event yesterday, during which the company announced it  was giving the band’s new album free to iTunes users. Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Songs of Innocence***U2’s new album is soaked in the memories of the band’s adolescence. Lyrics are full of references to the Dublin bombings, old fri(...)

Last time round: U2 when ‘No Line on the Horizon’ was released, in 2009
U2: Stuck in a moment

Poor Bono. There he is in his home in southern France last month, playing U2’s unreleased new album at full volume on his stereo while, quite possi(...)