HOLLYWOOD star Johnny Depp was so smitten with a Limerick barmaid through his check out to the town that he ordered a taxi to accumulate her in Kilkee for a 2nd rendezvous just after their very first meeting.
Depp’s check out to Limerick in 1991 has created the headlines just after he referred to Limerick as ‘Stab City’, but the previous operator of Ted’s nightclub mentioned he may perhaps have other reminiscences of his time right here which had not been exposed – right until now.
Speaking to the Limerick Chief this 7 days, Frank Murray, the previous operator of the O’Connell Avenue bar and nightclub, recalled the halcyon days when Ted’s captivated a host of famous people.
He mentioned he obviously remembers the night when Depp and his good friend Gerry Conlon, who was wrongly jailed for IRA bombings, walked into his premises in 1991, with the latter currently being a regular check out to the town hotspot.
“He [Depp] chatted to every person in the bar, and was there to have the craic, but he took a shine to 1 individual personnel member, who was doing the job that individual night.
“She was an certainly gorgeous woman, definitely attractive and has a fantastic persona. He came back once more the following night only to uncover that she was not doing the job that night,” he explained to the Limerick Chief.
The actor, then aged 28, created enquiries about how he could uncover her once more, and was educated that the young Limerick lady, several many years his junior, was doing the job in one more bar in Kilkee, Co Clare, that night.
A taxi was dispatched to accumulate his likely love curiosity and convey her to their date, just after a almost three-hour round excursion.
The worker was permitted to complete her shift in that bar early to return to Limerick to meet Depp, just after he compensated the fare of some £100, Murray verified.
The lady, who is now married, has not commented publicly on her conferences with Depp.
The come across was some three many years just before he fulfilled model Kate Moss, and 7 many years just before he fulfilled long-expression lover Vanessa Paradis, the French actress and model, whom he has 1 daughter with.
Mr Murray, who owned the bar for additional than 30 many years, recalled that Depp “permanently had a bottle of whiskey in his hand” for most of those people evenings he frequented the bar, and mentioned he was pretty “down-to-earth”, and posed for photos with several personnel associates.
Russell Crowe, Kiefer Sutherland, Richard Branson and Limerick’s legendary hell-boosting thespian Richard Harris also quenched their thirst at the bar and nightclub, which has because re-opened underneath new management.
The bar was beforehand owned by Ted Moynihan, who went on to establish Matt the Thresher dining places in Birdhill and on Pembroke Avenue in Dublin.
In a foreword to a new ebook about Guildford Four member Gerry Conlon, whom Depp was good friends with, he wrote: “Our brief pit cease proved to be 1 of the most chaotic nights that I ever recall. Suffice to say we conquered Stab City.”
The ebook, In the Identify of the Son: The Gerry Conlon Tale, by Richard O’Rawe, which is owing out later this thirty day period.
Previous Minister for Defence and poll-topper, Willie O’Dea, mentioned though he at situations feels he need to disregard the reference to Limerick’s bloody past, “it definitely irritates me and I uncover it really hard to permit it slide.”
“It’s a lazy, throwaway remark by folks who have no knowledge of Limerick,” deputy O’Dea explained to the Limerick Chief this 7 days.
O’Dea mentioned the responses ended up born “from the depths of his ignorance…speaking as if Limerick is someplace to be conquered.”
He added that the reference is “an annoying moniker, dug up from the grave” and is “so out of day it is laughable.”
Metropolitan Mayor of Limerick, Fianna Fail councillor Sean Lynch, mentioned the Pirates of the Caribbean star now “owes” Limerick a 2nd check out, to see how it has moved on from its past.
Mayor Lynch mentioned the city’s past are unable to be whitewashed but urged folks to search to the foreseeable future.
“We will not knock him for his remark, but if he’s ever close to the country, he need to come to Limerick. He owes us that significantly. Limerick is now a fantastic area.”