Quin’s a mighty place for celebrities

It’s quite a few miles from Saint Tropez and the Côte d’Azur but the tiny village of Quin in Co Clare is fast gaining a reputation as the celebrity holiday destination of 2014.

The village has gone into celebrity overdrive following the visit of U2 frontman Bono and chat show host Graham Norton in the space of just four days.

The excitement began on Tuesday of last week when Norton, whose Friday night show regularly attracts more than 5m viewers, called into the village store in Quin. It’s understood that Norton was on a quick mid-week break to Clare before flying back to London on Thursday to record last week’s show, which featured Samuel L Jackson and Keira Knightley.

Meanwhile, on Saturday evening Quin native Brian Reynolds and his mother Marian were driving on a country boreen just outside Quin village when they came across Bono and his wife, Ali Hewson.

“We were driving and saw them up ahead. When we passed them, I looked back and saw it was Bono. My mother said ‘no, it couldn’t be’ but I knew it was. So I pulled in and pretended I was on the phone while they walked past again and sure enough it was them,” said Brian.

“I wanted a picture and Mam said ‘no way’. But we drove up to them and asked for a picture and they did it, no problem. It was great. They were just out for a walk. They said they were staying over at the castle, so I presume they meant Dromoland. I’m not a massive U2 fan myself but my mother is obsessed with them. She loves them.”

Earlier last week shopkeeper Ger O’Halloran and his niece Meghan were tending the tills at the Abbey Stores when presenter Graham Norton walked in.

“He was a very unassuming individual and agreed to pose for a selfie with us,” said Ger.

“It seems he was holidaying locally and he must have done a nice walk around the village because he posted some pictures of the village on Twitter. He was really most pleasant.”

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