The 'true Beliebers' get a glimpse of their tween music messiah
They rose at dawn and travelled deep into the Wicklow hills, armed with camera phones, posters and the ardent determination of the "tweenage" fan.
They waited in the cold for hours. They were a determined lot -- the "True Beliebers".
While most Justin Bieber fans laid siege to various hotels in Dublin yesterday, a dozen or so followed a rumour that the Canadian pop sensation was staying in Wicklow.
And after an eight-hour vigil, they got what they sought -- a brief moment with Justin Bieber.
From mid-morning, high-pitched screams and excited gasps punctured the refined air of the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow.
Julie McCarthy (15) and her friends Aisling (13) and Mairead (14) said they had taken the day off school to travel down from Dublin and had been outside since 9am.
"We gave in letters (to the hotel) for him," Julie explained, "we love him, we like gave him our numbers and everything. The hotel staff said he was in a private house but we know he's here."
Lydia Sinnott-Elliott (13), Amy Mooney (12) and Lisa Duffy (12) had been driven from nearby Newtownmount- kennedy by Amy's mother Sheila Mooney.
"They have a half-day so they're actually not skipping school," Mrs Mooney said.
"It's a memory that they'll have, like when they're 23 or 24 they'll look back and say 'remember the day we went over to the Ritz Carlton'," she added, as she kept a respectful distance from the girls so as not to cramp their style.
Hours passed, but still there was no sign of "The Bieber".
But they kept the faith.
Rumours spread through the group: "He's been smuggled out through the underground car park", "he's already in Dublin", "those are his bags being packed on to the tour bus!"
Then, amid a crescendo of high-pitched screams Mr Bieber's personal bodyguard emerged. A people-carrier drew up and for a brief minute the girls were face-to-face with Justin Bieber.
Silence descended, as if everyone had forgotten to breathe. There he was, shorter than expected but as immaculately airbrushed as in his posters. He quickly signed his initials to iPods, posters, wrists, copy books and anything that was pushed his way.
Then, with scarcely saying a word, he was whisked away.
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