Niamh Horan, Irish Independent
Bono may have upstaged everyoÃ¥ne at the opening of the Leopardstown Racing Festival, but not even the U2 frontman could halt the decline in betting turnover at the famous Christmas meeting.
Fresh from Christmas dinner in Dalkey and his victory over An Taisce, who tried to stop his rooftop extension, Bono was among the first to arrive at the Dublin race meeting.
He was there enjoying a well-earned break after putting the finishing touches to U2's latest album.
"Sure, you're always nervous, but we've gone at it as if it was our first and the critics who have gotten a chance to listen to it already have all said it's the best yet" Bono told me, referring to the album No Line on the Horizon. "We're going after the younger audience this time too," he revealed.