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Bono was born Paul David Hewson in at the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin on May 10th 1960. He was the second son of Bobby and Iris, and a younger brother to Norman. For the first seven weeks of his life, baby Paul lived at the family house in Stillorgan, South of the River Liffey. Then the whole family moved to a house to the northside of Dublin --10 Cedarwood Road in Ballymun. Paul's parents were a "mixed marriage", his father was a Roman Catholic and his mother was a Protestant. Bono grew up with a strong religious faith but avoided becoming attached to one particular denomination. His mother died in 1974 (within days of thedeath of her own father) when Bono was just 14 years old, an event that was to have a strong influence on his later songwriting. Losing his mother at such a young age was something that he had in common with Larry.
One of Paul's childgood friends was Derek Rowan who lived in a nearby street. He was later to become a member of the Lypton Village which included Fionan Harvey (Gavin Friday), Peter Rowan ("Guggi"), Paul ("Bonovox", which means good voice in latin) and later other members of U2. At St. Patrick's Secondary School, Paul was involved in sports and excelled in the game of chess. But the school's stricter regime started to alienate Paul and soon his parents agreed to him moving to Mount Temple, Dublin's first comprehensive, co-educational and non-denominational school. Paul began studies at Mount Temple in September 1972. At the new school, Paul enjoyed the subjects of art, history and drama. In the autumn term of 1976, he answered the invitation from Larry Mullen, Jr. to meet at his house with the intention of forming a band. Although Paul claimed that he could play the guitar, it was his way of organizing the group that endeared him to the others. Paul couldn't yet sing to a decent standard, but his abilities of being able to communicate easily (the Irish gift of the gab) and write poetry made him a good choice for the role of front-man and songwriter.
From the earliest U2 shows, it would be Bono who would communicate with the audience in order to gain their attention, if not their acceptance of the band. Like Adam Clayton, Bono was keen for U2 to succeed and went as far as going over to London in frustration at the lack of interest from the big London based record companies at the time, in order to stir up some interest in U2. Whenever they played a gig, it would be Bono who was the link between the band and the audience. At times this might be with just words, on other occasions it might be jumping into the audience or walking around the venue. As U2's audiences got bigger, Bono's antics got more and more outrageous. By 1983, Bono would regularly climb scaffolding at the side of the stage to wave a flag or jump up onto balcomies to sing. More often than not, Bono would use his performance as a way of preaching to his audience about some event or issue that was in the news, such as the Enniskillen bombing speech during "Sunday Bloody Sunday" in the Rattle 'n' Hum film.
In all of this madness, Bono has remained married to his teenage sweetheart, Alison Stewart, for almost twenty three years. Currently, Bono lives with her and his four children in the suburb of Killiney, near Dublin, Ireland.
Bono's house in Ireland and Clarence Hotel owned by The Edge and Bono