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Love's the sweetest thing for Bono's girl Eve and heart-throb actor James

THEIR top-secret relationship was finally rumbled last week, but that hasn't stopped Bono's daughter Eve Hewson (19) and her actor beau James Lafferty from continuing to take their romance all over Dublin.

The Herald can reveal that the loved-up couple, who friends say have been quietly dating for "a few months", are regulars in popular Dalkey watering hole The Queens.

A source told the Herald the young lovebirds have been spotted in the pub on Castle Street, which is very close to Eve's Killiney home, several times over the past few days.

"Things seem to have gotten very serious between them very quickly because James has been in Killiney and Dalkey loads recently," he said.

"Any time I've seen them in The Queens pub together, they've been all over each other. They seem to be very in love and don't care who knows about it.

"James is an attractive guy so he stood out a mile when he came in the first time -- in fact people recognised him a lot quicker than they recognised Eve because of his role in One Tree Hill.

"She is a very lucky girl and things look like they are going great for them. James bought them a few drinks and seemed to be very attentive and affectionate.

"He was showering her with kisses a few days ago in front of all the other punters.

"Eve is not widely recognised in the area so nobody makes a big deal of her here so I think that is probably why she prefers going out here rather than into some of the more high-profile clubs in town.

"James seems to be constantly flying over and back to see Eve so they are clearly very smitten."

Another eyewitness spotted the young couple strolling around Stephen's Green in recent days where they also went for a brief shopping jaunt on Grafton St.

But it's only the best for a rock star's daughter, and she took James for a shopping trip in plush department store Brown Thomas.

"They looked great together although James is not as good looking in the flesh -- he is quite skinny and has very bad skin.

"They looked like any other couple in love but seem very ordinary. I don't think either of them have any airs and graces," she said.

The couple made headlines for the first time last week after James joined Eve and her family, including dad Bono and mum Ali, on a trip to the races.

The group were snapped at their private box at Leopardstown on the first day of the racing festival.

Lafferty (25) is well known here as he stars in the hugely popular US TV series One Tree Hill.

He is not unused to his love life being in the spotlight as he dated gorgeous co-star Sophia Bush shortly after her marriage to co-star Chad Michael Murray crumbled.

Eve's star is continuing to rise, having finished filming a role in This Must Be the Place alongside Sean Penn and Frances McDormand recently, and starring in a video for Dublin band The Script.