Tuesday 12 November 2019

From U2's Boy to skate-boarding champion

FROM U2 album cover star to skaterboy – this is the man behind Boy.

Peter Rowen is the boy whose angelic face was on the front of U2's iconic album in 1980.

The story of how the boy made famous by Bono & Co became a teenage skateboard champion is to be premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh tonight.

Peter (39), along with his artist brother Guggi (54), and other brother Clive (56) are all expected at the opening night of Hill Street.

The film is named after the skateboard shop which Clive opened up near Temple Street in 1984.

"There were seven boys in our family and we always loved things with wheels on them," said Peter, now an acclaimed photographer.

"And because my dad sold bicycles we would have had lots to work with. Lots of bits and pieces so I think that's where Clive's thing with skateboarding came from."

The elder brother's Hill Street shop quickly became a hang out for skaters who built temporary ramps on the street outside where they practised flip kicks before modern day skate parks opened.

Included in the film is an interview with legendary US skateboarder Tony Hawk who recounts his visit to the Top Hat ballroom in Dun Laoghaire in 1990 which drew hundreds of local kids.


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