Friday 28 July 2017

'I still think it's like a dream' - Dublin shop left in shock as former US President Bill Clinton pops in unannounced

Former US President Bill Clinton visiting the Kilkenny Design Shop today on Dublin's Nassau St (Photo: Doug O'Connor)
Former US President Bill Clinton visiting the Kilkenny Design Shop today on Dublin's Nassau St (Photo: Doug O'Connor)
Former US President Bill Clinton visiting the Kilkenny Design Shop today on Dublin's Nassau St (Photo: Doug O'Connor)
Former US President Bill Clinton visiting the Kilkenny Design Shop today on Dublin's Nassau St (Photo: Doug O'Connor)
Former US President Bill Clinton visiting the Kilkenny Design Shop today on Dublin's Nassau St (Photo: Doug O'Connor)
Former US President Bill Clinton visiting the Kilkenny Design Shop today on Dublin's Nassau St (Photo: Doug O'Connor)
Former US President Bill Clinton visiting the Kilkenny Design Shop today on Dublin's Nassau St (Photo: Doug O'Connor)
Former US President Bill Clinton visiting the Kilkenny Design Shop today on Dublin's Nassau St (Photo: Doug O'Connor)
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Shoppers were left starstruck after former US President Bill Clinton was spotted on Dawson Street in Dublin city centre on Friday afternoon.

Mr Clinton was followed by a number of fans as he browsed Irish craft and design products in the Kilkenny Shop.

The former president spent almost an hour in the store and filled his basket with a selection of jewellery, homeware and crafts, all produced in Ireland by Irish designers.

One of the managers at the store, Anastacia Dovdula, said his visit was a complete surprise.

"We didn't expect him to call in, it was a complete surprise," she told Independent.ie.

"He had an entourage with him. Everyone is still buzzing now.

"To be honest, I can't even think, I still think it's like a dream.

"The store was so busy. He came in at about twenty to one and he left again at twenty past one, so he was here nearly an hour.

Former US President Bill Clinton visiting the Kilkenny Design Shop today on Dublin's Nassau St (Photo: Doug O'Connor)
Former US President Bill Clinton visiting the Kilkenny Design Shop today on Dublin's Nassau St (Photo: Doug O'Connor)

"It was so exciting. He really pulled in the crowd.

"He was looking at everything in every department, but he seemed most interested in the products made in Ireland. It was a very strange day."

Former US President Bill Clinton visiting the Kilkenny Design Shop today on Dublin's Nassau St (Photo: Doug O'Connor)
Former US President Bill Clinton visiting the Kilkenny Design Shop today on Dublin's Nassau St (Photo: Doug O'Connor)

Anastacia said he picked up a selection Irish handmade gifts, and they presented him with a small gift for his grandchildren, Charlotte and Aidan Clinton Mezvinsky.

"He did buy a few things, all of the things were made in Ireland by Irish designers which is great because that's what we're all about. He bought some jewellery, some homeware and crafts.

"We gave him a little gift for his grandchildren, a little handmade toy. He was delighted," she added.

The former president was photographed as he chatted to crowds and posed for selfies outside the store.

He was accompanied by a number of security personnel as they guided him through the growing crowds.

He raised a bunch of daffodils being sold in aid of Irish Cancer Society's Daffodil Day as he walked towards his car.

The 70-year-old, who served two terms as US President, visited Ireland to attend the former Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness' funeral in Derry yesterday.

He paid his respects for the 66-year-old terrorist-turned-politician and asked people to "finish building peace" in his 10-minute eulogy.

Following the funeral, Mr Clinton travelled to Dublin to dine with well-known businessman Denis O'Brien and hotelier John Fitzpatrick on Thursday.

The trio were pictured chatting to passers-by as they left Peploe's Wine Bistro on St Stephen's Green.

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