Self-Aid was held at the RDS in Dublin with the aim of creating jobs for the growing numbers of unemployed in Ireland. The one day event was inspired by the success of Live-Aid.

The 14-hour show was broadcast live on RTÉ television and radio while 30,000 attended the RDS in Dublin's Ballsbridge to watch 27 acts.

Brush Shiels opened the show with a tribute to Phil Lynott playing 'Whiskey in a Jar'. Also featured in this report are performances from In Tua Nua, De Danann, and The Pogues. Taking to the stage with The Boomtown Rats Bob Geldof pleads with the audience and viewers at home to donate money to the cause. 

Ring in with a couple of pints worth of money right now

Other acts performing at the concert included Bagatelle, Blue in Heaven, Stockton's Wing, Clannad, Big Self, Les Enfants, The Chieftans, Chris Rea, Freddie White, Those Nervous Animals, Cactus World News, The Fountainhead, Paul Brady, Auto Da Fé, Moving Hearts, Rory Gallagher, Christy Moore, Elvis Costello, Chris de Burgh, Van Morrison and U2.

Back in the RTÉ Studios in Donnybrook presenters and celebrities manned the phones at the Telethon taking pledges for jobs and financial donations for the cause. 

An RTÉ News report by Caroline Erskine broadcast on 17 May 1986.

Bono with U2 at Self-Aid (1986)
Bono with U2 at 'Self-Aid' (1986)

The Boomtown Rats on stage during 'Self Aid' (1986)
The Boomtown Rats on stage during 'Self Aid' (1986)

Shane MacGowan at 'Self Aid' (1986)
Shane MacGowan at 'Self Aid' (1986)

Rory Gallagher on stage at 'Self Aid' (1986)
Rory Gallagher on stage at 'Self Aid' (1986)

Elvis Costello at Self-Aid (1986)
Elvis Costello at 'Self-Aid' (1986)

Leslie Dowdall at 'Self Aid' (1986)
Leslie Dowdall at 'Self Aid' (1986)

Shane O'Neill at 'Self Aid' (1986)
Shane O'Neill of Blue in Heaven at 'Self Aid' (1986)

Cactus World News (1986)
Cactus World News at 'Self-Aid' (1986)

Singer Derek Herbert of Les Enfants on stage during 'Self Aid' (1986)
Singer Derek Herbert of Les Enfants on stage during 'Self Aid' (1986)

Photos by RTÉ photographer Eve Holmes.