Tuesday 12 December 2017

Bono's great and can't wait to take the kids out on tour, says Ali

Ali Hewson has revealed that her husband Bono is recovering well and looking forward to getting back on stage following his cycling accident.

The U2 star was left with serious injuries following a biking accident in New York last November.

His injuries were worse than originally thought and he had to undergo five hours of surgery, during which his smashed arm was fixed with three plates and 18 screws.

However, he is well on the road to recovery and the family are looking forward to joining him on U2's Songs of Innocence World Tour which starts in May.

"He's doing great, he really is. He's got another six weeks left until the first date in May, so he's very excited - he'll be ready," said Ali.


"Everyone's looking forward to it and we're glad that's all behind us.

"Each tour is amazing - it's five years since the last one, so all our kids have grown in that time. They understand much more and get so much more out of it this time .

"For the boys in particular it's going to be fantastic - it will leave a strong impression on them. We'll go to the concerts where we can because obviously we've got school.

"The guys love what they do and they're the best at it. I can't get tired of those concerts. Maybe other people can, but they give 100pc in those gigs and they're always a spectacle."

Ali was speaking at Liz O'Donnell's annual fundraiser for Adi Roche's Chernobyl Children International which was held at Fire restaurant in Dawson Street yesterday afternoon.

Ali has long been an advocate and supporter of the charity and believes one of the reasons for this is that people trust Adi and the work she does.

"The cause is led by Adi and her continued dedication, enthusiasm and energy," she said. "You need that drive and Liz also has that, so the combination of the two women together is quite incredible.

"I think everyone comes out to support because they believe in the cause. Every penny that is given gets huge mileage in Belarus."

At the fundraising lunch, a number of prizes were donated for the raffle including a €5,000 ring from Martin Gear Jewellers.

Familiar faces who turned out in force to support the charity included Dave Fanning and wife Ursula, Morah and Lottie Ryan, Lisa Fitzpatrick and TV presenter Kathryn Thomas.


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