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Tosca returns for one night to raise funds for Self Help Africa

IT was one of the hippest restaurants the capital had known.

But trendy 1990s eatery Tosca made a return for one night only with a galaxy of VIP diners, including Bono and wife Ali Hewson.

No surprise, really, as the maitre d' back in charge was the singer's brother Norman Hewson.

More than 30 original staff jetted back to Dublin from as far afield as Australia and Argentina for the night in the Smock Alley Theatre to raise funds for charity Self Help Africa.

Many of those attending were former regulars, including Shane McGowan, who was happy to pay out €95 to savour classic Tosca dishes such as 'Hummus Tá Tú', supervised by former head chef Aongus Hanly.

Entertainment included Steve and Joe of The Walls, singer Eleanor McEvoy, comedian Eric McGrath and drag act Lady Veda.

Norman Hewson described the event as a "cracking night".

"It was fantastic to see the old crew again after nearly 10 years," he said of the night, which raised €32,000 for Self Help Africa.

Artist Jim Fitzpatrick contributed to an auction by donating a print of the image used on Thin Lizzy's 'Black Rose', which sold for €1,100.

The highest bid at the auction was for an autographed 20th anniversary print of U2's 'Achtung Baby' which sold for €2,600.

Irish Independent