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Niall Horan's personal bodyguard Basil kept Matt Damon safe in lockdown

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Lasting legacy: Matt Damon (centre) arrives at Dublin Airport ahead of his return to Los Angeles. Photo: Ernie Leslie

Lasting legacy: Matt Damon (centre) arrives at Dublin Airport ahead of his return to Los Angeles. Photo: Ernie Leslie

PARK WALKS: Matt Damon. Photo: REUTERS

PARK WALKS: Matt Damon. Photo: REUTERS

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Lasting legacy: Matt Damon (centre) arrives at Dublin Airport ahead of his return to Los Angeles. Photo: Ernie Leslie

A-lister Matt Damon was using Niall Horan's personal bodyguard to keep his family safe during his three-month-long unplanned holiday in Dalkey, south Dublin.

The actor and his family spent lockdown amid the residents of Dalkey, an area dubbed the Irish Riviera.

Joined by three of his four children and his wife Luciana Barroso, the Good Will Hunting star had been hunkering down in Eddie Irvine's €7,000-a-week villa.

And while the locals went above and beyond to support the actor during his extended stay, it's clear he was taking no chances by hiring Basil Whelan. The burly security guard was spotted jogging alongside Matt on the Dalkey promenade a number of times. He also joined the star and his family on walks through nearby Dillon's Park.

The Damon family were spotted at Dublin Airport last Thursday morning, finally returning to New York to reunite with his eldest daughter Alexia.

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Matt Damon in Dalkey with his famous SuperValu bag.

Matt Damon in Dalkey with his famous SuperValu bag.

Matt Damon in Dalkey with his famous SuperValu bag.

Whelan initially rose to public prominence when he was spotted alongside pop star Niall Horan at the end of his time with One Direction.

Dubliner Basil made such an impression on the musician that he secured his services when he went solo, in 2016.

When Horan toured the US, Basil's services were acquired by Westlife for their reunion tour which culminated in their Croke Park performances last summer.

Sunday Independent