Sunday 25 February 2018

Ali Hewson: 'It's a great thing - most marriages don't last that long'

Ali Hewson and Morah Ryan at Liz and Noel's Chernobyl Lunch in Fire Restaurant, Mansion House on Dawson Street,Dublin.
Ali Hewson and Morah Ryan at Liz and Noel's Chernobyl Lunch in Fire Restaurant, Mansion House on Dawson Street,Dublin.
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Bono's other half Ali Hewson led the glamorous gang to Fire Restaurant yesterday for the annual Chernobyl Children Charity Lunch.

A long-time supporter of the organisation, which works to improve the lives of those affected by the 1986 disaster, she looked her usual glamorous self as she spoke about the exciting summer ahead.

This week saw U2 marking the 30-year anniversary of the release of their iconic Joshua Tree album, with the band due to kick off a new tour that starts in Vancouver on May 12.

"It's a great thing. Most marriages don't last that long!" she said.

Kathryn Thomas and Padraig McLoughlin at Liz and Noel's Chernobyl Lunch in Fire Restaurant, Mansion House on Dawson Street,Dublin
Kathryn Thomas and Padraig McLoughlin at Liz and Noel's Chernobyl Lunch in Fire Restaurant, Mansion House on Dawson Street,Dublin

"Time flies. I don't think they can believe it's that long either, but it's pretty amazing that they're still together, still like each other and still enjoy it."

She also spoke about the importance of Adi Roche's organisation and the generosity of the Irish people.

"For us, it's about being able to bring some good news in a time when there are so many disheartening stories around the world and in Ireland. It's good to be reminded of the great things that the Irish people have done here with the Chernobyl's children project," she said.

"The Irish people have been fantastic. The Irish are loved all over the world and these are the reasons why, because everybody knows how generous they are and how they understand, having been through the Famine perhaps.

"We know what it is to be at the very bottom. They're always willing to lend a hand."

Hosted by celebrity agent Noel Kelly and former TD Liz O'Donnell, other attendees included RTE presenter Kathryn Thomas with fiance Padraig McLoughlin.

Adi Roche at Liz and Noel's Chernobyl Lunch in Fire Restaurant, Mansion House
Adi Roche at Liz and Noel's Chernobyl Lunch in Fire Restaurant, Mansion House

TV star Baz Ashmawy was also there, alongside Morah Ryan, RTE's Dave Fanning, soprano Celine Byrne, music manager Caroline Downey and celebrity trainer Karl Henry.

Stylist Lisa Fitzpatrick jetted back from her new base in LA especially for the event and was accompanied by her husband Paul Fitzpatrick. One generous person anonymously donated a cool €50,000 during the lunch.

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