Dublin, Ireland City Council blown out vehicles

“Raised by Wolves” by U2 is a rise-up and drive song by U2 that conjures up early memories of the Irish driving band U2.  Most of us discover this song innocent of its lyrical portrait of a very sad day in Dublin Ireland, a history that almost took Bono’s life but for the fates looking out for him and us.  The sparing of Bono was due to a bus strike, but unfortunately, 34 others did not escape with such a lucky twist of fate.  The HBO concert video from Paris, Raised by Wolves, is a tragic opera theatrical that works.  A live U2 performance can be visually bloated and sometimes histrionics-heavy. Yet, these performances in 2015 Paris remind us of what we love most about these Northern Dublin lads’ strong passion and elegant grace.


On the evening of May 17th, 1974, Dublin city center was rocked by three explosions. The first, at 5.28 pm, was in Parnell Street and killed eleven people. The second explosion, which took place almost immediately after the first, was in Talbot Street. This blast killed fourteen people. The third explosion was responsible for the death of two more In South Leinster Street, which occurred just after 5.30 pm,
Just before 7.00 pm that evening, a further explosion occurred in Monaghan Town, where seven people died.

In addition to the lives lost, estimated explosions injured up to 300 people, some disabled for life. No advance bombings and no organization claimed responsibility for them at the time. In 1993 the Ulster Volunteer Force claimed it had carried out the attacks. Controversy still surrounds the possible involvement of other groups in the bombings and how the original inquiry into the event was conducted.

Dublin and Monaghan building Bombings 1974 Victims

Patrick Askin (44) Co. Monaghan
Josie Bradley (21) Co. Offaly
Marie Butler (21) Co. Waterford
Anne Byrne (35) Dublin
Thomas Campbell (52) Co. Monaghan
Simone Chetrit (30) France
Thomas Croarkin (36) Co. Monaghan
John Dargle (80) Dublin
Concepta Dempsey (65) Co. Louth
Colette Doherty (20) Dublin
Baby Doherty (full-term unborn) Dublin*
Patrick Fay (47), Dublin & Co. Louth
Elizabeth Fitzgerald (59) Dublin
Breda Bernadette Grace (34) Dublin and Co. Kerry
Archie Harper (73) Co. Monaghan
Antonio Magliocco, (37) Dublin & Italy
May McKenna (55) Co. Tyrone
Anne Marren (20) Co. Sligo
Anna Massey (21) Dublin
Dorothy Morris (57) Dublin
John (24), Anna (22), Jacqueline (17 months) & Anne-Marie (5 months) O’Brien, Dublin
Christina O’Loughlin (51), Dublin
Edward John O’Neill (39), Dublin
Marie Phelan (20), Co. Waterford
Siobhán Roice (19), Wexford Town
Maureen Shields (46), Dublin
Jack Travers (28), Monaghan Town
Breda Turner (21), Co. Tipperary
John Walsh (27), Dublin
Peggy White (44), Monaghan Town
George Williamson (72), Co. Monaghan
*Baby Doherty was recognised as the 34th victim of the Bombings by the Coroner for the City of Dublin during the course of the Inquests held in April and May 2004

_5273Dublin and Monaghan building Bombings 1974 Victims Memorial up close with bus approaching stop

Raised By Wolves, from the album ‘Songs Of Innocence’, tells the story of the biggest loss of life in a single day of the conflict in Ireland, following a car bomb incident in Dublin’s city center in 1974, and was a center point of the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour in 2015.

Raised By Wolves (Live In Paris / 2015)
Raised By Wolves
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U2 – Raised By Wolves (iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Live In Paris / 2015 / Remastered 2021)

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Raised By Wolves · U2

Songs Of Innocence

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Released on: 2014-01-01

Producer: Danger Mouse
Producer, Studio Personnel, Engineer, Programmer, Associated Performer, Keyboards, Percussion, Additional Vocals: Declan Gaffney
Studio Personnel, Engineer: Kennie Takahashi
Studio Personnel, Mixer: Ben Baptie
Programmer, Associated Performer, Keyboards: Brian Burton
Associated Performer, Keyboards, Guitar: The Edge
Associated Performer, Keyboards, Vocals: Bono
Associated Performer, Bass ( Vocal): Adam Clayton
Associated Performer, Drums: Larry Mullen, Jr.
Composer Lyricist: Bono
Composer Lyricist: The Edge
Composer: Adam Clayton
Composer: Larry Mullen, Jr.


“The only reason I wasn’t standing in the record store at 5.30 pm on May 17, 1974, is that a bus strike meant that we’d had to cycle to school,” he said.

“We were already home when the streets around Dolphin Discs were blown to bits by a car bomb in Talbot Street, another in Parnell Street, and another in South Leinster Street, all within minutes, a coordinated attack by an Ulster loyalist extremist group that wanted the south to know what terrorism felt like.”


U2 – Out Of Control – iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE (December 6th 2015 – Paris)

Bono, (far left) in 1971, with his mother, father, and brother, in Dublin. Picture from Hewson Family Archive/ The New Yorker

Bono, (far left) in 1971, with his mother, father, and brother, in Dublin. Picture from Hewson Family Archive/ The New Yorker