The neighbors’ joy when U2’s Bono visits their parents’ house

Residents of Glasnevin’s Cedarwood Road faced off against rock royalty on Sunday night when Bono paid a visit to his childhood home.

However, it was the U2 frontman who insisted he was “surrounded by royalty” as he posed for a picture with an 18-year-old “debutante”.

Bono is understood to have been filming at his childhood home, now owned by the Ryan family, as part of a project related to his forthcoming memoir Surrender: 40 songs, one story.

The Dunne family lives a few doors down and threw a barbecue for Lucie Dunne, 18, who was preparing to go on her leaving cert debt.

Her father Derek, 49, who is a lifelong U2 fan, missed Bono on the road last visit.

“In the beginning there were very few people on the street and we had it almost to ourselves for a few minutes,” Dunne said.

“He was chatting up all the neighbors and some of those he knew from growing up here, and he paused at some point in his interview to talk to some of them.

“It was very quiet, laid back and all of its staff were very nice. It got a lot of excitement into the day and sent them high to the Debs.”

Mr Dunne’s brother Trevor, 44, said he knew a member of Bono’s entourage and told him about his niece’s debts. The man replied, “Bono would love that.”

“He [Bono] was very nice with his time and he turned around and said, ‘Wow, the debutant, it’s like I’m surrounded by royalty here. You look beautiful,’” Trevor said.

“He kind of got on his knees and turned Lucie around and all the neighbors clapped.”


Lucie Dunne (18) and U2 frontman Bono.

Reflecting on the experience, Lucie – who was kept busy for 24 hours and ended with a football game with Na Fianna on Monday night – said it was “insane”.

“My aunt called my dad and said there was a riot down the street, so we all basically ran. There were probably 20 of us outside the house when he was interviewed,” she said.

“He took me out in front of everyone and said, ‘This is the debutante… I’m in the presence of royalty’ and he told me to enjoy my evening.”

Lucie, who hopes to study exercise science and health at DCU this year, confirmed she had a “brilliant” Debs.

Last week Bono released a short animation commemorating the morning of his wedding at age 40, which begins with his last day at Cedarwood Road.

The Dunne family have lived there for 20 years and Derek and his wife Carole have four children.

“We took Lucie to her school for her bus afterwards and everyone talked about it,” added Mr Dunne.

“A lot of the girls had seen the pictures, but it was more the parents, that’s just the generation. We have a couple of younger kids here and we could tell them it was him [Bono] was the voice of the lion singing 2 So they were very pleased about that too.”

Bono grew up in Number 10, which is currently owned by the Ryan family. LJ Ryan posted a picture with the singer on Twitter on Sunday night, and underneath it she wrote: “Mam was so delighted to welcome Bono into his childhood home and to share some wonderful memories with us.

Can’t wait to read his book. It was great to meet him again and take some photos with the man himself, thanks Bono.” The neighbors’ joy when U2’s Bono visits their parents’ house

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