Monday 20 October 2014

Beautiful day as Bono visits Dingle

Marian O'Flaherty

Published 19/03/2014 | 05:36

Mazz O’Flaherty and Bono at the Dingle Record Shop in Dingle last Saturday. Photo courtesy of Nuala Moore.

IT was a beautiful day in more ways than one last Saturday as none other than Bono arrived in Dingle.

IT was a beautiful day in more ways than one last Saturday as none other than Bono arrived in Dingle.

The U2 frontman, who was attending a wedding in St Mary's Church on Main Street with his wife Ali, was first noticed in Dick Mack's having a pint.

He then wandered out onto Green Street, visiting local musician Mazz O'Flaherty in the Dingle Record Shop - where he signed a copy of U2's POP - before meeting Dingle endurance swimmer Nuala Moore outside her shop Strawberry Beds.

"Bono was very courteous and gracious with his time, he took time to chat with us and he seemed really chilled out," said Nuala.

"I told him about my relay swim across the Bering Strait last year and we discussed the indigenous peoples of the Bering. There are up to 80,000 people living inside the Arctic Circle and he was very knowledgeable on the subject."

"He was in Dingle for three hours and nobody raised an eyelid, I think people respected his privacy and as a consequence he was very relaxed," Nuala added.

However, while Bono might have been spared a gaping crowd, his presence did set off a flurry of texts, tweets and facebook comments that offered a running commentary on his movements in the town.

Mazz O'Flaherty of the Dingle Record Shop described the experience as serendipitous. "Meeting Bono was unexpected to say the least," she said.

"I went into Dick Mack's and asked him to sign a CD for me and he said he would in a little bit and sure enough he did.

"He said he loves record shops and seemed quite taken with our unique little shop on Green Street so I cordially invited him to record a session in the shop any time he likes."

"His wife Ali was there also and she was lovely – a pure lady."

Bono was also out and about in Dingle on Sunday, popping into the Dingle Film Festival office, where he met festival director Maurice Galway, and dining at Out of the Blue where he was joined by his good friend Gavin Friday.


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