Reports of hospital dash over heart complaint are untrue says band – as they donate £4.4m to Irish education system

No rush: Bono

U2 have denied reports that singer Bono was taken to hospital complaining of heart palpitations last week – and say his visit to doctors during a holiday was just routine.

It’s been said the 51-year-old spent a number of hours at the Princess Grace Memorial Hospital in Monaco, although he didn’t stay overnight, and experts ordered him to rest.

But a band spokeswoman says there’s nothing to worry about. “Despite press stories to the contrary, Bono has not suffered a health scare.

“Reports of his being rushed to hospital for emergency treatment are untrue. He is in good health and enjoying a family holiday in the south of France.”

Meanwhile, U2 are donating £4.4m ($7.2m) to support the education system in their native Ireland following the hardship measures introduced in the aftermath to the world banking crisis.

The cash will be provided over the course of the next four years and will mainly be used to buy music equipment and pay music teachers’ wages.

Rosaleen Molloy, head of Music Generation, a U2-affiliated charity, says: “While we have a very rich musical culture and heritage, access to music tuition is like a geographic lottery.

“There is an assumption that music is being provided in mainstream schools – while the reality is it’s not. The band had been looking for a way to invest and support music education in Ireland; they wanted to give something back.”

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