U2 stars revive €150m Clarence makeover plans


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by NIALL O’CONNOR

BONO and The Edge have revived their plans to carry out a €150m revamp of Dublin’s upmarket Clarence Hotel.

The highly ambitious project was shelved in 2009 as a result of the recession, but it is now back on the table.

It has emerged that the U2 pair, along with developer Paddy McKillen, have sought fresh planning permission.

Documents filed this month with Dublin City Council requests an “extension of duration of planning permission” to build a “new and enlarged Clarence Hotel” by July 2018.

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Artist Guggi draws U2 pals to his new collection


Bono and his wife Ali Hewson with artist and long-time friend Guggi and his wife Sibylle

by Laura Butler

A HOST of famous friends have gathered together to celebrate internationally acclaimed artist Guggi’s first exhibition in Ireland in four years – and leading the way was best friend Bono.

There was a glowing turnout as Guggi unveiled his latest collection at the Kerlin Gallery in Dublin last night.

Showing his continued support for the creative visionary, the U2 frontman, who arrived with wife Ali Hewson, told the Irish Independent of his delight to see his close friend’s work come to fruition.

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