The Edge prepares for mum's funeral


The Edge prepares for mum's funeral
The Edge with wife Morleigh

Once Edge got the guitar in his hands, he wouldnt put the blooming thing down. And wed be saying, Would you shush now a minute, we just want to hear the news

U2 frontman Bono met up with his pal The Edge in Dublin yesterday following the sad death of the guitarist's mother Gwenda Evans.

The Edge was thrown into mourning when she passed away on Monday after a short illness and he was comforted by Bono and his wife Ali at The Dylan Hotel.

He was carrying a book which looked like a Bible in his hand and it is believed he was possibly discussing readings for his mother's funeral.

Both Bono and Ali were dressed in black and The Edge, whose real name is Dave Evans, looked upset following the death.

The removal will take place on Saturday morning at the St Francis Hospice and she will be brought to the Presbyterian Church in Malahide.

Afterwards she will be brought to the Glasnevin Crematorium and a procession will go past the family home in Malahide. A small private gathering including Bono will take place at The Grand Hotel.

Gwenda, who was in her late 70s, was a keen artist and was trained as a primary school teacher but couldn't use her skills in Ireland as she didn't have Irish.

Gwenda and her husband Garvin lived in Malahide for around five decades. They moved to Ireland after he was asked to run a factory for the Plessey company in Swords and he then set up his own engineering firm.

Their two boys were born in England and their daughter Gill was born in Ireland. The Edge's brother Richard, also known as Dik, was a member of the Virgin Prunes.

She recalled in a recent interview: "He played the piano and had piano lessons. He started playing guitar when he was about 14, I suppose, 15. Richard, his elder brother, taught him a few chords, which he had picked up from a chap down the road.

"Once Edge got the guitar in his hands, he wouldn't put the blooming thing down. And we'd be saying, 'Would you shush now a minute, we just want to hear the news'. He obviously enjoyed it.

"I call him Dave, but most of the time when I'm talking about him, I call him Edge because people know him as that."

Gwenda and her husband regularly went to U2 gigs and loved visiting different countries when the band were on tour.

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