Appearing on RTÉ radio and television from their earliest days U2 made their first television appearance on RTÉ in 1978. The following year radio listeners were invited to choose the 'A' side to their first single.
In August 1979, listeners to the "Dave Fanning Show" were invited to choose the "A" side to U2's first single. For a week, Dave Fanning played three tracks: 'Out of Control', 'Stories for Boys' and 'Boy/Girl'. Listeners voted for 'Out of Control'.
Here from the RTÉ Archives are some moments from the band's career as covered by radio and television. Included are U2's first television appearance and interviews with the band members at various stages during their career. There is a surprise appearance at a Dublin record store from 1988. Bono meeting with fans outside his hotel in Boston in 1987. Listen also to an interview with Bono from the 'Dave Fanning Show' broadcast that launched 'U2 Three' the first single.
U2's first television appearance was on 'Youngline' on 2 March 1978 although the band were then called Hype. By the time they won a talent competition in Limerick on 17 March, the Hype had changed their name to U2.
DJ Michael 'Micky Mac' McNamara was compere the night U2 won the 'Limerick Civic Week Pop 78' competition. Atlhough impressed with their sound Micky Mac didn't think much of the band's name.
Dave Fanning plays three U2 tracks for listeners who are asked to pick the 'A' side on the band's first single. Bono talks about his hopes for the single and playing gigs around Ireland.
Bono takes part in a radio discussion about the art of singing. Following an extract from 'Out of Control', opera singer Veronica Dunne and singer and song collector Frank Harte give their opinions of U2's vocalist.
U2 play 'Stories for Boys' on their first appearance on 'The Late Late Show.'.
With impressive sales of the album 'War' in America, Bono speaks to Pat Kenny about starting out and how U2 have got to this point in their career.
Bono, lead singer with U2, talks to Gay Byrne about making the video for 'New Year's Day', playing the Dandelion market and why he thinks drugs are boring. He also introduces his wife Ali.
Paul McGuinness talks about how he came to be the manager of U2.
U2 are back to play their first gig in Dublin for almost two years. There are almost 60,000 in Croke Park to welcome the band home.
U2 Play live on 'TV GAGA' and two fans get a chance to play with the band.
Dave Fanning introduces U2 at Self Aid, a day long benefit concert to highlight chronic unemployment in 1980s Ireland.
Fans wait outside U2's hotel in Boston. Bono signs autographs and chats with some of them before being driven to a rehearsal.
Of the many interviews Dave Fanning has conducted with U2, a 1987 broadcast where the band stripped and then persuaded the DJ to remove his clothes has to be one of the more bizarre.
Fans who come to buy the 'Rattle and Hum' album at a midnight launch in a Dublin record shop get a surprise when Bono, the Edge and Adam turn up.
At the Dublin premiere of 'Rattle and Hum' U2 play to fans waiting outside the Savoy cinema in O'Connell Street.
At the end of two years that brought worldwide recognition to U2, the band talk to Gay Byrne about dealing with fame at home in Dublin.
Three girls who spend their time hanging around Windmill Lane studios describe meeting Bono in this clip from a Julian Vignoles radio documentary.
U2 play the Point Depot on New Year's Eve 1989. RTÉ Television went live to the U2 concert at midnight.
U2 talk to Pat Kenny about Zoo TV, American presidents, how to fix the Irish economy and showbands.
With an estimated 700 million to listen to the radio broadcast of U2's Zooropa concert from the RDS in Dublin, fans from around the world queue at the venue. RTÉ radio producer Ian Wilson talks about the broadcast.
On a cold Valentine's night, U2 open a new nightclub, The Kitchen, in their Clarence Hotel, Dublin.
U2 launch their PopMart tour in a New York discount store.
When Bono and his wife Ali spent New Year's Eve 1995 in Sarajevo, Bono promised to bring the band on his next visit. Nationwide reports on U2's visit to Sarajevo and asks the fans what is means to them.
U2 and Ash play a concert in Belfast days before the referendum on the Belfast Agreement.
U2 are given the freedom of Dublin city. Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is similarily honoured.
U2 record a filmed insert for the BBC programme 'Top of the Pops' on the roof of Dublin's Clarence Hotel.
As a warm up to their Elevation tour, U2 play to 1,500 lucky fans at the Astoria Theatre in London.
U2 play Slane Castle twenty years after playing support there to Thin Lizzy.
Larry Mullen talks to RTÉ DJ Larry Gogan about the track he likes playing best live, how he began as a drummer,the dynamics of the band after 30 years and keeping his youthful looks.
At the last of three Dublin U2 concerts, Bono announces that imprisoned Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is to be the new Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience.