Sunday 21 January 2018

The unlikely destinations where A-listers visit in Ireland

Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene arrive to attend the 68th annual Red Cross Gala
Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene arrive to attend the 68th annual Red Cross Gala
Daniel Moder, Julia Roberts, Kelly Slater, Phinnaeus Moder, Henry Daniel Moder and Hazel Moder attend Kelly Slater, John Moore and Friends Celebrate the Launch of Outerknown at Private Residence on August 29, 2015 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Outerknown)
Emily Ratajkowski with her mother Kathleen Balgley in Cork
Polish-Canadian model Daria Werbowy in the south-west for the 'Vogue' shoot photographed by star snapper Annie Leibovitz
Daria Werbony attends Canada's Walk of Fame at the Four Seasons Performing Arts Centre on September 6, 2008 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
Prince Albert and Princess Charlene
Actress Sarah Jessica Parker stops for a Guinness in Foley's Pub in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by ShowBizIreland/Getty Images)
Hollywood star Sarah Jessica Parker and their son James Wilkie walking near their cottage home in Kilybegs, Co Donegal
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

It's been a star-studded year for Irish visitors.

With an upsurge in the number of movies filming here in 2016, there's been no shortage of A-list visitors to Irish shores - not to mention the influx of musicians, actors and low-key holidaymakers.

Supermodel Jodie Kidd was spotted in Ballygarvan, Co Cork earlier this week, while Mel Gibson, Sean Penn, Zoe Saldana, Brice Springsteen, Adele, Beyonce and Justin Bieber are among some of the big names to visit out fair isle over the last 12 months, so we rounded up the unlikely destinations off the beaten track that are beloved among Hollywood elite.

Co Laois

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at the cinema in Laois

Let's start at the top. After Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's lavish 2014 wedding in Florence, Italy, the entertainment world waited with baited breath to see where one of the world's most photographed couple would be spending their first few days as husband and wife. So when they were pictured going to an Omniplex cinema in Laois (twice), we were...well, stunned.

INM reporter Ralph Riegel broke the story that the newlyweds had landed in Cork Airport and started the first leg of their honeymoon in Cork, where they enjoyed a stay at Castylemartyr Resort before moving on to Castle Oliver in Co Limerick, where they racked up a €15,000 bill.

During their stay in Laois, they weren't exactly nibbling on pick n' mix and downing Supermac's after the cinema - the pair took up residence at Ballyfin Demesne, which was named the grandest hotel in Ireland.

Amid reports Kim was "bored" here, she clarified saying they "loved" a previous visit here and wanted to spend their first trip as a married couple in Ireland.

"We spent Kanye's bday in Ireland a few years back & fell in love with it! Its such a calming relaxing place," she tweeted.

Co Louth

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Princess Charlene enters The Monasterboice Inn ahead of Prince Albert (in baseball cap) yesterday afternoon. Photo: Fran Caffrey/ Newsfile.
 

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco might have access to the best of everything at the Prince's Palace in Monte Carlo, but they're far less demanding when it comes to their downtime.

Earlier this month, the royals were spotted waiting in line for a carvery at The Monasterboice Inn in Drogheda with some of Charlene's family and blended in with the crowd as best they could.

Albert is no stranger to Ireland - he famously partied in Krystle nightclub on Dublin's Harcourt Street in 2010 and he was spotted in Louth in 2016 as well. Before they wed, the couple made an official state visit in 2011 where they stayed at the apt Princess Grace suite, where his late mother stayed in 1961, at The Shelbourne Hotel.

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Prince Albert II of Monaco (R) and Princess Charlene arrive to attend the 68th annual Red Cross Gala

Bantry, Co Cork

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Emily Ratajkowski with her mother Kathleen Balgley in Cork
 

Emily Ratajkowski grew up spending her summers in Ireland and still visits Bantry, Co Cork annually with her parents John Ratajkowski and Kathleen Balgley. Last year, she was pictured in Dublin on Merrion Row, happily posing for pictures with fans.

"I absolutely love Ireland. It's one of the most beautiful places on earth and I have strong ties here. Both my grandmothers are from Ireland and I have spent every summer in Bantry since my father, who is an artist, had the romantic idea 20 years ago to buy an old farmhouse on the west coast and renovate it," she explained.

"I go back any time I get the opportunity and I have many friends who I still hang out with in the local pubs. I have great childhood memories."

There must be something in the water in West Cork as supermodel Daria Werbowy upped sticks from LA to move there in 2012 with her Irish partner, who works as a carpenter. The style icon is said to be a regular surfer at Owenahincha beach.

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Daria Werbony attends Canada's Walk of Fame at the Four Seasons Performing Arts Centre on September 6, 2008 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)

Co Donegal

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Golden couple: Sarah Jessica Parker and her husband Matthew Broderick are together nearly 25 years
 

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick have strong ties to the area as Broderick has been visiting Kilcar since he was a child and SJP has followed suit since they married in 1997.

The pair visit as often as they can and always gush about their love affair with their modest cottage, which the Broadway star shares with his sisters.

"My parents bought a place there when I was about eight. And my sisters and I have inherited it and I've taken my kids. It's up near Killybegs and Kilcar," he explained.

And while Broderick said locals barely look at him twice, they're still protective over their A-list visitors.

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Actress Sarah Jessica Parker stops for a Guinness in Foley's Pub in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by ShowBizIreland/Getty Images)

"Most of the people in Donegal knew me long before I was an actor. But even since then they don't talk that much about it, which is very nice. My wife still gets it, some people's eyes pop out of their head when she walks around but not our neighbours," he told the Irish Voice.

"A photographer was after us one time and a neighbour got on his four by four motorbike and chased him. I just remember watching as this photographer was running with this farmer trying to run him over. He wasn't even speaking, he was just running away."

Speaking of Donegal, former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher was spotted at Hargadons and The Strand pub in Donegal in 2013 during a surf trip as he escaped the media furore around the news he was expecting a child with journalist Liza Ghorban, while he was still married to Nicole Appleton.

Co Mayo

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Daniel Moder, Julia Roberts, Kelly Slater, Phinnaeus Moder, Henry Daniel Moder and Hazel Moder attend Kelly Slater, John Moore and Friends Celebrate the Launch of Outerknown at Private Residence on August 29, 2015 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Outerknown)
 

Julia Roberts has a well documented love affair with Ireland after she came here to lay low in 1991 just days before she cancelled her wedding to Kiefer Sutherland. Intending to stay at The Shelbourne Hotel, she called for a taxi at 2am and driver Mick Devine brought her to his family home in Dublin's Palmerstown in order to avoid the media intrusion.

But it seems a piece of her heart still remains here as she was pictured here with her husband Danny Moder and their children Henry (nine) and twins Phinnaeus and Hazel (both 12).

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