U2 guitarist, The Edge Photo by: Google Images

Mother of U2’s The Edge passes away at 70


U2 guitarist, The Edge Photo by: Google Images

It’s been very sad week in the U2 world. According to the Irish Independent the mother of guitarist the Edge passed away on Monday at the age of 70.

The bereaved was joined by bandmate Bono and his wife Ali Hewson at Dylan’s hotel in Dublin Wednesday where it is believed the musician was preparing for his mother’s funeral.

Gwenda Evans shared her son’s musical talent as a singer in the  Enchiriadis chamber choir in her adopted town of Malahide. She migrated there with her family from London in the 1960s.

Read More:

Exclusive: Bono on "Spiderman", Mitt Romney, U2, Ireland, the undocumented, and more

The former primary school teacher also happened to be U2’s first roadie and incredible supporter of her son in the band’s early days. In a candid interview with the Fingal Independent in 2008 she was quoted as saying:

“I was his first roadie! No, I’m laughing. I had an old Beetle and we¹d be able to get the equipment in it. He wasn’t driving at that stage, so we used to go and pick him up and usually drop him off and then listen for a few and then go off and do something and then come back. So, right from the start I enjoyed their music and what they were doing, right from the beginning. I still do.”

A great admirer of art and in particular French impressionism and realism, Mrs. Evans was an avid painter and active member of the local Portmarnock Art Group.

The Welsh native is survived by her husband Garvin, and children Dave (the Edge), Jill, and Richard and grandchildren.


Log in with your social accounts:

Or, log in with your IrishCentral account:

Forgot your password ?

Don't have an account yet? Register now !

Join IrishCentral with your social accounts:

Already have an account ?

For Newsletter Subscribers – Draw for 1 Prize on December 31st.

Prize: Your Piece of Ireland – a Square of Land in the heart of the Glens of Antrim, Ireland

More details here (or you can buy a little piece of Ireland directly): http://bit.ly/1zew9ox

Terms & Conditions

Or, sign up for an IrishCentral account below:

By clicking above you are indicating that you have read & agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.

Make sure we gathered the correct information from you

By clicking above you are indicating that you have read & agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.

You already have an account on IrishCentral! Please confirm you're the owner.

Our new policy requires our users to save a first and last name. Please update your account: