Saturday 20 January 2018

U2's Bono enjoys a bowl of chowder and a pint while out with his son in the Gaeltacht

Bono has a pint of the black stuff at O'Grady's on the Pier in Barna
Bono has a pint of the black stuff at O'Grady's on the Pier in Barna
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Bono finally found what he was looking for - a nice pint of Guinness and some fresh seafood in a quiet restaurant in Galway.

Sunday diners in O’Grady’s on the Pier in Barna were stunned to see the famous U2 frontman casually stroll into the seaside restaurant for a spot of lunch.

Snubbing all the usual celebrity trappings, Bono was more than happy to sit in the main part of the restaurant as he enjoyed his meal in full view of other customers.

His was joined by his son Elijah and four of his young pals as he sampled some of the local seafood.

His son is currently spending a few weeks learning Irish in the Gaeltacht and Bono obviously thought a visit was in order.

The singer started off his meal with O’Grady’s signature chowder followed by a main of Atlantic cod – all washed down with a pint of Guinness.

“He came in shortly at 1pm, the table was booked in advance and there was  group of about six of them,” said assistance manager Karoline Gajewska.

“We don’t actually have a private dining area so he was given a table in the main restaurant with a nice view. Afterwards, he went for a walk along the pier.”

She added how he “wasn’t bothered” by the other diners, who left him alone to enjoy his meal in peace.

It was only afterwards when he went for a Sunday stroll to work off his meal that he was approached for a photograph, including one with O’Grady’s head chef Keith Carden.

Asked if he was joined by minders, Karolina replied; “No, I didn’t see any – unless they were hiding outside!”

She added how they were “absolutely delighted” to have him in the restaurant but added how they have had several familiar faces visit them over the years.

A popular restaurant among locals, the venue has won a string of culinary awards in previous years.

Owned by Michael O’Grady, it first opened its doors in 2000.

Keith admitted he was a big fan of the singer and had seen the chart-toppers perform several times.

“I’ve seen U2 four times so it was great to meet him in person.”

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