Bono hosts the ‘Bandits at swish Dublin Christmas bash

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

LIMERICK’S Rubberbandits were arm in arm with Bono at U2’s Christmas party in Dublin last week.

LIMERICK’S Rubberbandits were arm in arm with Bono at U2’s Christmas party in Dublin last week.

The ‘Bandits were invited guests of the biggest band in the world at a swish do in Harry’s Cafe Bar on Dublin’s Hanover Quay last Wednesday, where they rubbed shoulders with Bono, his pal Gavin Friday and bar owner Harry Crosbie.

The duo were invited to the party before they played a gig in the Tripod venue that night, and the plastic bag wearing rappers clearly had an effect on Bono, as our exclusive picture shows.

“We met Bono when we joined the Freemasons,” Blind Boy Boat Club told the Limerick Leader.

“He was a pure gentleman, he asked us to his party as he is a fan. When we arrived he greeted us with a hug and soon noticed that our van was dirty. He insisted on washing it. He went into the nearest pub and asked for a bucket of sudsy water. He then spent the next twenty minutes scrubbing our van in the freezing cold,” added the ‘Bandit.

U2 were hosting a party for their management at the festive bash and invited the ‘Bandits as their tour manager, Paul Webb, is pals with U2 manager Paul McGuinness and DJ’d at his 50th birthday.

While the duo didn’t perform at the bash, they clearly struck up a close friendship with Bono and the band, who had the highest earning tour of the year in 2011.

The ‘Bandits have had quite a year themselves, recording tv shows with MTV and Channel 4 and playing sold out tours across the UK and Ireland. They are gearing up for a tour of Australia in the new year.

They will also play dates in Dublin, London and March in 2012.

However, they return for a gig in their native Limerick this Thursday, December 29, in Dolan’s Warehouse and a few tickets remain on sale.