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Bono stays home to nurse cold

HIS children may have made the most of the festive afternoon out, but U2 frontman Bono was a no-show at the opener of the Leopardstown races.

While his daughters Jordan (23) and Eve (21) enjoyed the champagne and the betting with a group of friends, the 52-year-old failed to make an appearance at the event for the first time in eight years.

Bono and his wife Ali Hewson were noticeable absentees at the St Stephen's Day Racing Post Day at the south Dublin racecourse.

Their close friends, Guggi and fashion designer John Rocha, did turn out for the occasion, however.

Leopardstown Racecourse organisers said the Killiney-based singer had a cold.

Last week, Bono told the Irish Independent that his attendance at the festival yesterday depended on Ali and whether they would be visiting her family.

It's been a busy few days for the rock star, who continued his tradition of joining singers Glen Hansard and Lisa Hannigan to busk on Grafton Street on Christmas Eve.

He has also been spotted clubbing, and last week hosted a party with band members Adam Clayton and the Edge for the staff of their management company, Principle Manage- ment, in Dublin.

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