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[Y]ou learn to rely on other people, the band, and you start thinking that's a weakness. But it's a strength to rely on others." — Bono

Bono and the Corrs star at Robbie's surprise 50th bash

Irish Independent
Bono, the Corrs and other celebrities gave nightclub king Robbie Fox the VIP treatment as he celebrated his 50th birthday in style.

The celebrations went on into the early hours yesterday at a surprise bash attended by about 150 friends.

The boss of Renards nightclub in Dublin's South Frederick Street, who is known to patrons simply as Robbie, had been planning to be on the door of his club as usual following Ireland's rugby victory.

He discovered at the last minute that his wife Martina was throwing a surprise party.

The special night with friends took place at his Barracuda restaurant in Bray, Co. Wicklow. It included a guest list which read like a who's who of the Irish showbiz and celebrity scene.

Among those attending were Bono and his wife Ali along with U2 manager Paul McGuinness, the Corrs, concert promoter Denis Desmond of MCD, businessman Dermot Desmond's son Bret, Lord Henry Mountcharles and his wife Iona, and actress Alison Doody.

They were joined by Def Leppard's Joe Elliot and and artist Guggi, property developer Johnny Rohan, Abrakebabra boss Graham Beere, hotelier David Doyle, television presenter Grainne Seoige and her husband Stephen Cullinane, Oliver Caffrey, Pat and Cathy Kenny, Dave and Ursula Fanning and Gerry Ryan and his wife Morah.

Also present were actor Liam Cunningham, Keith Duffy and his wife Lisa, fashion designer Ciaran Sweeney, model Glenda Gilson, her brother Damien and her parents Noel and Aileen, and public relations bosses Sinead Ryan and Joanne Byrne. It was Robbie's first Saturday night away from the door of Reynards for many years. When the party was over, he remarked: "I can tell you, if I had been planning it, the night of Ireland beating England would not have been my first choice."

A beaming Mr. Fox joked that his youthful looks were due to a diet of "late nights and lots of water," he joked.

He said he had been delighted by the suprise party.

The highlight of the night had been when his two daughters, Megan (15) and Lorna (10), got up to sing for him, he added.

Lorna led the guests in a version of "Happy Birthday" while Megan, a budding rock singer, performed a duet with Joe Elliot of the Def Leppard [sic] song "Sweet Child of Mine" and a solo version of the Christina Aguilera song "Beautiful."

Bono was the last guest to arrive, pulling up outside the restaurant with his wife Ali shortly before 11 p.m.

Guests were entertained by the Camembert Quartet, followed by a disco.

The entertainment lasted until well past 2 a.m.

© Irish Independent, 2007.