Friday 6 December 2019

President brings Bagatelle back for garden party

Ken Sweeney

THE once-penniless U2 branded them 'Bagsamoney'.

And their biggest hit, 'Summer in Dublin', evoked a different time in the capital "and the Liffey, as it stank like hell".

But while Bagatelle may have faded in the memory of many, President Mary McAleese isn't one of them.

She invited the veteran band to Aras an Uachtarain yesterday as part of her latest garden party event.

Led by singer Liam Reilly, the group were invited to perform at an event celebrating community groups. Then and now, Bagatelle were a popular draw, something that didn't go unnoticed by one Paul Hewson, aka Bono of U2.

"We played the Dandelion Market just like U2. The only thing was we always had more people at our gigs, and a better cut of the door," Reilly said.

Hosted by TV presenter Kathryn Thomas, more than 350 guests attended the garden party -- representing groups such as Dochas, the DSPCA, the PSNI and Rehabcare

Irish Independent

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