Rod Stewart visits Dublin pub: ‘He’s going to the graveyard for Grace Plunkett’s anniversary, so he just stopped by’

Rod Stewart graced the streets of Dublin today paying a visit to John Kavanagh’s historic pub ‘The Gravediggers’.

The singer-songwriter, 77, descended on the iconic Glasnevin pub and posed for photos with bar staff.

The family business’s chef, Ciaran Kavanagh, said the singer came to the pub today to celebrate the anniversary of Joseph Plunkett, who was executed in 1916.

‘He was here today because he’s going to the cemetery for Grace Plunkett’s anniversary, so he just stopped by. He was here about half an hour,’ he said.

On May 4, 1916, Joseph Mary Plunkett, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, married Grace Gifford at Kilmainham Gaol just hours before his execution.


Rod Stewart visits a legendary pub in Glasnevin today. Image: John Kavanagh “The Gavediggers”

The short-lived marriage inspired Frank and Seán Meara to write “Grace” in 1985.

Stewart then released his own version of the ballad Grace on his 2018 album Blood Red Roses.

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In an online post, The Gravediggers said they were “delighted” to welcome the rock singer.

“We were delighted to have legendary rocker Mr. Rod Stewart stopping by today on the anniversary of Grace Glifford & Joseph Plunkett’s wedding and of course the execution of Joseph Plunkett,” the post reads.

“Oh Grace, just hold me in your arms and let this moment linger.”

The chart-topping legend bought a flat in Ballsbridge last year.

In an interview with Miriam O’Callaghan on RTÉ Radio 1 in November, the singer said the flat was “close to the Aviva”.

The sports-loving star has said his palatial new property has the added benefit of being able to see some of the matches from a bird’s-eye view.

He also said he has been looking for property in Dublin for some time and feels very connected to the country.

Stewart said one of the added benefits of his new pad is being able to watch sports fans at the big games from the comfort of his new property.

“When I go out on my balcony I see crowds (of rugby and football) on a Saturday afternoon. The oceans and beaches, it’s beautiful,” he said.

“I love the pubs in Dublin.” Rod Stewart visits Dublin pub: ‘He’s going to the graveyard for Grace Plunkett’s anniversary, so he just stopped by’

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