The 'Lark by the Lee' began in 1985 with a surprise and unpublicised performance by U2.

The band flying high with their 'Unforgettable Fire' tour at the time, played to a surprised and delighted audience of around 7,000 people by the River Lee in Cork City. The band were introduced to the unsuspecting audience as

There's an up and coming band coming on the stage now and playing for you, they’re called...U2.

U2 played a nine song set in total. In this footage shot for RTÉ News the band are playing ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’. A number of fans close to the stage pass out during the performance and have to be taken to a nearby hospital.

The free open air concert was organised by RTÉ Radio 2 (now RTÉ 2FM) and Cork Local Radio.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 25 August 1985.