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7 vintage photos from Ireland's music scene in the early days of U2

Bono, Phil Lynott and Bob Geldof hanging out in their prime.

FROM 1978 TO 1981, photographer Patrick Brocklebank documented Ireland’s music scene.

It was a time when U2 were first tasting success. Ireland’s punk and new wave movement had found its feet in venues like Moran’s Hotel, the Dandelion Market, the Projects Arts Centre and McGonagles.

1. Phil Lynott with Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols, posing in front of a window used by Hot Press for advertising purposes

2. The Edge and Bono in Trinity College, 1979

3. Members of U2 with Guggi in Trinity College, 1979

4. The Boomtown Rats on stage at Leixlip Castle, March 1980

5. Bono at Trinity College, February 1979

6. Bob Geldof and Pete Briquette at a Stiff Little Fingers gig in Belfield, May 1979

7. McGonagles music venue on South Anne Street, Dublin

Photos © Patrick Brocklebank

All of these photos feature in the book Where The Streets Have 2 Names, by Patrick Brocklebank and Sinead Moloney. It is available to buy online here and in good bookshops.

A selection of images is currently on show at the Little Museum of Dublin.

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