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It was U2 who gave Irish TV legend Gay Byrne a Harley Davidson motor-cycle ­ now you can own it !

On May 21st 1999 Gay Byrne presented his last ever Late Late Show on Irish TV after 33 years. One of the highlights of the show was a surprise appearance by Bono and Larry who presented a disbelieving Gay with his very own Harley Davidson motor-cycle.

Gay has had many happy motoring adventures since ­ in fact he has put 10,000 miles on the clock - but now he has decided to part with the Harley and at the same time raise funds for The Children's Medical & Research Foundation at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin.

When Gay hosted last night's New Year's Countdown for RTE, Adam was a special guest and with Gay launched the worldwide auction for the bike, which is being conducted by U2.Com on a specially designed website www.gaybyrneharleyauction.com

To see Adam and Gay launching the auction click here.

To bid for the bike, you need to click here (www.gaybyrneharleyauction.com) and bidders need to pledge a non-refundable 500 Euro towards the fundraising efforts before being allowed to bid.

Everyone who bids will receive a signed letter from Gay and a photograph featuring Gay, Bono and Larry with the Harley.

Bids will be accepted throughout January until 9am on Friday January 31st.

Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin, Dublin, is the major hospital in Ireland catering exclusively for children, from birth to age 18. Every year, the hospital has about 20,000 child admissions and another 100,000 outpatient attendances.

More here http://www.cmrf.org/ourLadiesHospital.htm

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