by Melanie Finn, Independent.ie Showbiz Editor
As U2 frontman, Bono is well used to being hounded by fans.
But the Herald can reveal how he turned the tables in Dublin this week after getting his paws on a passer-by's two dogs for a Rolling Stone shoot.
Liberties native Ann Williams was left gobsmacked after running into the famous foursome doing photographs at the Guinness Storehouse for an upcoming shoot. But she had no idea that her two thoroughbred pooches - mother and son boxers named Holly and Rebel - would end up with starring roles in the session.
"I was bringing the two dogs for a walk on Monday evening and I couldn't believe it when I turned the corner and I saw the band standing there at the back of the Guinness Storehouse.
"There wasn't that many people standing watching them. I think they had been there all day, so I got the two dogs to sit down to watch what was going on.
"I could see Bono looking over at the dogs and I kind of pointed at them with my finger and then he stops the whole shoot and goes, 'Could you hold on there for a minute?'
"Bono just snapped his fingers and the next thing, the two dogs were in the middle of the shoot. He said he thought they were gorgeous and asked was it OK to use them.
"He couldn't believe how obedient they were and followed all the instructions he gave them."
Following on from the band appearing on the cover of Time magazine, ahead of the album's general release next month, the famous band will also feature in a forthcoming edition of iconic publication The Rolling Stones.
Ann said that afterwards, someone working on the shoot took her contact details and said they would be in touch.
However, she said she didn't ask for any money from Bono and his cohorts.
"To be honest, I was just so excited about them using my dogs. I thought it was brilliant. My attitude was that I wasn't looking for anything, I was just so happy for them be used by the band," she added.
She went on to say how she was a big fan of the band and believed they had been unfairly targeted for their decision to give away new album 'Songs of Innocence' for free on iTunes.
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