Wednesday 22 November 2017

'How Bono's peahen terrorised Dalkey' is Joe Duffy's favourite Liveline story ever

He says it was 'one of the funniest things I've ever heard'

Joe Duffy
Joe Duffy
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Joe Duffy has revealed one of his favourite Liveline shows was the one in which Bono's neighbours complained about his noisy pet bird.

The noisy peahen was annoying neighbours of the U2 frontman back in 2011 and they called Liveline to complain.

Joe reckons it was "one of the funniest things" he had ever heard on the show which has been running for almost two decades.

"People rang in from Dalkey one day," Joe told RTE Entertainment.  "They were being woken in the night by this exotic creature that was moving from garden to garden and making this unmerciful noise.

Then someone rang in and said, 'I know who owns it - Bono owns it'.  They said, 'That thing landed in my garden adn I saw it flying back into Bono's place.  So I dropped a note into Bono's gate and these four fellas dressed in black with the wraparound sunglasses arrived in a jeep.

"'They recaptured the peahen and they brought it back down to Bono's house.'"

Joe revealed he has never had a chance to address the issue with Bono directly, although he has met his wife Ali Hewson several times.

"They've a great sense of humour so I'm sure they saw the fun in it: 'How Bono's peahen terrorised Dalkey'.

"The screeching from this exotic creature - that's not Bono singing, that's the peahen."

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