“Eris is dying. She’s had a stroke – Bono remembers saying goodbye to his mother on her deathbed days after she passed out at her father’s funeral.

U2 Frontman Bono The agonizing sight of him entering a Dublin hospital room, aged just 14, summoned him to say goodbye to his mother, Iris, for one last time.

An excerpt from his new memoir. Surrender: 40 songs, 1 story, Posted this week New Yorker magazine, Bono remembers entering his mother’s hospital room with his older brother Norman.

He writes: “She has entered the room at war with the universe, but Eris seems peaceful. It’s hard to imagine that so much of her has already left. We hold her hand. There is a crackling sound, but we don’t hear it.”

Before going into the hospital room, he notices Iris’ younger sister Ruth outside the room, “groaning with my father (Bob), whose eyes are unaffected by my mother’s.”

Three days earlier, Iris collapsed at the funeral of her father “Juggs” Rankin.

Bono remembers his grandfather’s funeral: “I noticed my father holding my mother in his arms in a crowd, like a white snooker ball strewn with a triangle of colour. He rushes to take her to the hospital. She collapsed on the side of the grave as her father was lowered to the ground. Iris fainted.” Iris fainted.

“The sounds of my aunts and cousins ​​are blowing like the breeze through the leaves. She’ll be fine, she just passed out.” Before I or anyone else think, my dad has an Eris in the back of a Hellman Avenger, with my brother Norman at the wheel.”

He continues: “I stay with my cousins ​​to say goodbye to my grandfather, and then we all return to my grandmother’s little red-brick house, 8 Cooper Street, where the small kitchen became a factory for the production of sandwiches, biscuits and tea. This two-person component with an outdoor bathroom seemed to accommodate thousands of people.”

“Even though it’s Granda’s funeral, and though Eris fainting, we are children and cousins, running and laughing. Until Ruth, my mother’s younger sister, slammed into the door.” Eris is dying. She had a stroke.


Bono and his brother Norman carry the coffin of their father, Bob.

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“Everyone flocks. Eris is one of eight of number 8; five girls and three boys. They are crying and wailing and struggling to stand up. Someone realizes I am here too. I am 14 and strangely calm. I tell my mother’s sisters and my brothers that everything will be fine. Fine “.

Bono explains that his mother was a Rankin, and “of the five Rankin sisters, three died from aneurysms. Including Iris.”

Earlier, Bono wrote: “I have only a few memories of my mother, Eris. Neither does my older brother Norman. The simple explanation is that in our house, after her death she is never talked about again.”

“I’m afraid it was worse than that. We hardly ever thought of her again.

“We were three Irish men, and we avoided the pain we knew would come from thinking and talking about her.”

In a loving, humorous depiction of his mother, Iris recalls laughing: “Her humor is black with dark curls. Her inappropriate laughter was her weakness.”

He remembers one of these moments at home.

“I remember being in the kitchen, watching Iris ironing my brother’s school uniform, and the faint buzz of my father’s electric drill from upstairs where he was hanging a shelf he was making. Suddenly he started screeching. Inhuman, animal noise. ‘Iris! Iris! Call 911!'” ‘

We raced down the stairs, and found him at the top, holding the power tool, apparently dug into his crotch. The part slipped, and froze for fear he might never stiffen again. “I castrated myself!” he cried.

“I was in shock when I saw my father, a giant of 10 Cedarwood Road, fall like a tree. And I didn’t know what that meant. Iris knew what she meant, and she was also shocked, but that wasn’t the look on her face.

“The look on her face was that of a beautiful woman who suppressed laughter, then that of a beautiful woman who did not suppress laughter as he held her. The cries of laughter like the voices of a daring church girl, whose efforts not to commit sacrilege lead to an explosion even louder when she finally arrived.

“She reached for the phone, but could not collect it to call 999; she was bent on laughing. Da succeeded by wounding his body. Their marriage succeeded through the accident. The memory made her home.”

Bono says his mother “heard me sing in public only once”.

He writes: “I played the pharaoh in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAM COAT. He was really a bit of an Elvis impersonator, so that’s what I did. Putting on one of my mother’s white trouser suits with some stuck-on silver sequins, I rolled my lips and landed the house. Iris laughed and laughed. She seemed surprised that I could sing, because I was a musician.”

The snippet appears this week New Yorker Ahead of a fully-sold out Bono appearance at the New Yorker Festival on October 7, Bono will be interviewed live on stage at a New York venue by the magazine’s editor, David Remnick.

Surrender: 40 songs, 1 story, Which will include 40 chapters, each with the name of a U2 song, slated for release on November 1.