The festival programme to mark the centenary of the birth of Samuel Beckett was launched in Dublin Castle last night by U2 singer Bono and the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, John O'Donoghue.

Numerous events will take place in April to celebrate the work of the Nobel Prize winner.

Bono was at the Beckett Centenary Festival launch at the invitation of Michael Colgan, Director of the Gate Theatre and the Chairman of the Beckett Centenary Committee.

Before the event Colgan asked Bono to perform a pastiche of Beckett and the singer was presented with a signed edition of Beckett's book 'Murphy'; Bono gave Beckett a copy of U2's 'The Unforgettable Fire' in 1985. 

For more details on RTÉ's programmes for the Beckett Centenary Festival visit: www.rte.ie/beckett100

For more details on the festival visit:
www.beckettcentenaryfestival.ie.