Paul was born in the capital of Ireland on May 10, 1960. His father was a Catholic and mother attended Anglican Church of Ireland services.
His childhood passed in a poor Dublin district - Ballymun (Ballymun). Paul's mother died of a brain aneurysm in 1974 and this influenced the boy a lot: he was expelled from school at the Anglican Cathedral of St. Patrick for extremely inappropriate behavior.
Later Hewson attended public high school Mount Temple. The boy was fond of chess and learned to play the guitar and sing , took part in school theatrical performances . During his school years he was a member of the musical group Lypton Village: with friends Hewson played in public places, such as buses , mostly shocking the audience. In those years, he got his nickname - Bono , from Bono Vox of O'Connell Street ( good voice O'Connell Street ) .
In 1976, Lawrence " Larry " Mullen , Jr. (Laurence "Larry" Mullen, Jr.) posted on the board of school announcements a leaflet to create a group. Bono responded, as well as bassist Adam Clayton (Adam Clayton) and guitarist David " The Edge " Evans (David "Edge" Evans). Orogonally Mullen's friends played in the band, but later they left, and since then the collective of musicians has not changed , which is a rarity for rock 'n' roll groups.