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Patrick Bergin and Helen Golden

Patrick Bergin and Helen Golden

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Kathryn Thomas with her husband Padraig McLoughlin

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Patrick Bergin and Helen Golden

How do movie stars celebrate their birthdays? Depends on the movie star, of course. Patrick Bergin - who in 1991, Newsweek magazine talked of as the next Sean Connery - has never been one for the shallow trappings of fame.

Last Tuesday to mark his 69th birthday, he and his gorgeous girlfriend Helen Goldin visited the religious centre at Clonmacnoise, Co Offaly.

"We had a great time," Helen told me, adding that the previous day, her beau Bergin, as a new ambassador for Toyota, "collected his new Toyota Hybrid Camry and drove to Wineport Lodge and Spa near Athlone where we were graciously hosted by the lovely owners Ray and Jane Byrne."