Tuesday 17 January 2017

Rihanna’s round as she treats her crew to Thanksgiving meal in Dublin pub

Brendan Farrelly and Allison Bray

Published 25/11/2011 | 05:00

Rihanna arrives for a private party for her tour at O'Donohues Bar, Baggot Street
Rihanna arrives for a private party for her tour at O'Donohues Bar, Baggot Street
Fans Danny Crave, Jamie Kelly, Niamh Burke and Albert Rose wait to see Rhianna at O'Donoghue's Pub on Baggot Street

RIHANNA mania hit Dublin last night as the superstar singer decided to host a dinner for 100 guests ahead of her concert tonight.

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The singer is in the city as part of her Loud Tour and takes to the stage at the 02 in Dublin tonight.

She has been on the road for a long time and decided to give her band a Thanksgiving meal at O'Donoghue's, the old Dubliners' haunt which is also beloved by tourists in search of a music session

But it wasn't traditional toasted sandwiches she was after -- she had food delivered from top French restaurant Hugos, just across the road.

She handpicked the menu, which included clam chowder soup followed by a traditional turkey dinner with mashed spuds, vegetables and cranberry sauce.

Sweet potato mash, marshmallow sauce and macaroni and cheese were also on the tables.

As word spread that the megastar was inside the pub, fans began to arrive. Jamie Kelly (22) from Rathfarnham said he was waiting outside the pub after seeing Rihanna going in earlier.

He said that she told him that she would come out afterwards to say hello.

"I met her before two years ago," he said.

"She's lovely, really nice."

The reception she got in Dublin was like that of royalty compared to the day in September when she met farmer Alan Grahan (61), who pulled up beside her in his tractor in Bangor, Co Down -- and told her to cover up.

Irish Independent

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