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.”

© Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved

Email Updates

Receive our lunchtime briefing straight to your inbox

More in this Section

Brexit may hit college funding

‘I felt guilty after sex act with chaplain’

Statutory inquiry into garda smear allegations

Political upheaval dominates Ireland's social media musings


Breaking Stories

Pat Hickey 'expected to get his passport back and return to Ireland'

'Murder is murder,' says Michael Noonan as he raises pressure on Gerry Adams over Brian Stack

Gardaí confirm remains found in Galway are those of missing Limerick woman

Paudie McGahon claims Gerry Adams is lying about Brian Stack murder

Lifestyle

Fair City: Behind the scenes at Carrigstown

Ask Audrey has been sorting out Cork people for years

Well-known Irish people share their favourite books from their childhoods

Watch Michelle Darmody make the perfect Christmas cocktail

More From The Irish Examiner