Bono joins Springsteen on stage at Croke Park

Thousands of fans packed Croke Park to see the Boss. Credit: UTV

Over 80,000 music fans at Croke Park enjoyed a special performance on Sunday night as U2 frontman Bono joined Bruce Springsteen onstage.

The pair sang a rendition of the American rocker's hit Because the Night - a song he wrote with another veteran musician, Patti Smith.

Bono wasn't the only U2 member in attendance at the Dublin venue as his bandmates The Edge and Larry Mullen were also on hand, but did not join their lead singer for the surprise performance.

Springsteen and the E Street Band performed in perfect weather conditions in what was their final Irish appearance as part of the River Tour.

The rocker professed his love of Ireland ahead of the show, which lasted over three hours as the Boss belted out around 30 of his classic hits.

Springsteen first played Croke Park on Friday and during his day off on Saturday, he was spotted at a local bowling alley, while he also enjoyed a few pints at pubs in the area.

The European leg of The River tour continues on Wednesday in Glasgow, Scotland.