SHORT VISIT Pictured at Ireland West Airport Knock on a short visit to Mayo was U2 frontman ‘Bono’ and Ireland West Airport Knock Managing Director Joe Gilmore. Joe presented Bono with a copy of the book ‘On a Wing and a Prayer’ which details the history of Knock Airport and a Mayo t-shirt. Bono and the ‘Edge’ flew in from Nice in France for a funeral.
Bono visits Mayo for Clayton funeral
U2 frontman Bono made one of his frequent visits to Mayo last week but this time it was not for a holiday but for an altogether sadder occasion.
The music star flew in to Ireland West Airport, Knock with U2 guitarist Dave ‘The Edge’ Evans to attend the funeral of Jo Clayton, mother of band colleague Adam Clayton.
Aged 74, Jo Clayton passed away last Thursday after a long battle with cancer. Together with her husband, Brian, the couple lived in Bofeenaun for over a decade. The family lived in Malahide before Brian and Jo moved to Bofeenaun, where they had a holiday home for some years previous.
Bono, real name Paul Hewson, and Dave Evans attended the Church of Ireland service in Foxford on Friday.
On Saturday cremation took place in Glasnevin Crematorium in Dublin.
The Rev Andrea Wills, who officiated, said the whole family were going through a very difficult time.
“It is a terribly sad time for the Clayton family,” she told The Sunday Independent.
“It was a small, private service for family and friends. I delivered the service myself, no one else spoke.
Jo’s favourite hymns were played.”