U2 set to halt plans for their world tour opening on Thursday to fly home for Larry Mullen's father's funeral

Larry Mullen
Larry Mullen

U2’s plans for the opening of their world tour on Thursday have been thrown into chaos after the sad death of Larry Mullen’s father.

Larry Mullen Senior passed away on Sunday night, aged 92.

He passed away at Bons Secours Hospital in Dublin.

A death notice posted to thanked the staff and doctors at the hospital. It read: "In his 92nd year. In the loving care of the staff and doctors of the Bons Secours Hospital.

"Loving husband of the late Maureen and loving father of the late Mary.

"Sadly missed by his beloved wife Alice, loving children Cecilia and Larry Jnr, Larry’s partner Ann, grandchildren Becky, Sam, Elvis, Ava and Ezra, sisters Breda, Joan, Kit and Nora, extended family and friends.

"Rest in Peace."

U2 are due to open their Innocence + Experience tour in Vancouver, Canada, on Thursday. It is expected Larry Snr’s funeral will be held in Dublin either tomorrow or Thursday morning, with Larry (53) and his band colleagues being whisked back and forth to the capital by private jet for the ceremony.

The group has already hinted they have been having problems with their preparation when they sent fellow Dublin band Kodaline a gift pack for their recent Vancouver date, saying they were unable to make the gig as they joked “apparently we need to rehearse more”.

U2 have still to announce when exactly their Irish dates will be, but Sunday World recently revealed they are targeting five shows in Dublin’s 3 Arena, probably in early to mid December.

Drummer Larry – who is credited with founding U2 at Mount Temple school – was only son of Laurence Joseph Mullen Sr. and Maureen (née Gaffney) Mullen.
Father-of-three Larry has an elder sister, Cecilia, and had a younger sister, Mary, who died in 1993. His mother died in a car accident in 1976. 

Before founding U2, Larry was involved for three weeks, on the suggestion of his father in  the Artane Boys Band (now known as the Artane Band), contributing to the martial beats common in Mullen's work, such as "’Sunday Bloody Sunday’". Mullen lost interest again and left the band after they asked him to cut his shoulder-length hair. 

He saved money and his father helped him out to buy  drum kit made by a Japanese toy company, which was for sale by a friend of his sister Cecilia. He set up the kit in his bedroom and his parents gave him certain times to practice. 

Then his father got him into the Post Office Workers Band, which played orchestral melodies with percussion, along with marching band standards. 

He attended Scoil Mhuire, Marlborough Street,  Dublin. He took the exams for Chanel College and St. Paul's, two Catholic schools his father wanted his son to attend. 

After Mary, the youngest of the three Mullen siblings, died in 1973 (aged 9), Larry Mullen Sr. gave up the idea of pushing his son into those schools and sent his son Mount Temple Comprehensive School, the first interdenominational school in Ireland, where U2 was born when Larry pinned a note on the noticeboard looking for members for a new band.