U2 have paid tribute to the late Gay Byrne by tweeting a series of photos of the legendary broadcaster's final Late Late Show in May 1999, when the band's Bono and Larry Mullen Jnr were among his guests.

As Gay Byrne's funeral mass took place at the Pro Cathedral in Dublin, U2 sent the tweet, accompanying the photos with the tribute Graham Norton paid to Gay Byrne on The Ryan Tubridy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 earlier this week.

U2 wrote: "As Graham Norton said, 'He allowed people to exist - people who hadn't existed before. He put them on the TV. And you went, 'Oh, right. They're alive. They're in the world. They have an opinion. They have thoughts'. And as a young person growing up it was incredibly influential'."

U2's friendship with Gay Byrne stretched back to their first appearance on The Late Late Show in January 1980, when the band performed Stories for Boys

On Gay Byrne's final Late Late Show in May 1999, Bono and Larry Mullen Jnr gave the host a Harley-Davidson motorcycle "from us, to you, as a gift".

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