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U2's Adam Clayton to elevate his home security

Irish Independent, January 13, 2013
By: Niamh Horan


IT has been a dramatic year for Adam Clayton.

The U2 bassist was left reeling after his trusted housekeeper stole (EU)2.8m of his money over a four-year period.

It's no surprise then that the rock star has become extra conscious about his personal security.

The 52-year-old now wants to erect a security lodge at the front of his Georgian mansion in the Dublin mountains.

He began the new year by lodging a planning application to Dun Laoghaire County Council for permission to construct the building at the front of the long driveway leading up to his stately home.

Clayton, who resides in the Rathfarnham area, is seeking to build a non-residential single-storey building, which suggests that, rather than it being a live-in house, the singer will employ security guards, who will work on a rotation shift work basis.

The house, which is steeped in history, was built in the 18th Century by the Southwell family and in 1787 was the residence of Irish politician and soldier William Southwell.

But U2 fans would best recognise it as the birthplace of the band's most critically acclaimed album of all time – The Joshua Tree.

The foursome came together on the grounds in 1986 to foster an unpressurised, creative atmosphere, away from their professional studios.

The Joshua Tree went on to top the charts in over 20 countries, selling in record-breaking numbers and, according to Rolling Stone magazine, increased the band's stature "from heroes to superstars".

The band's fifth studio album made it to the number 27 spot of Rolling Stone magazine's 500 greatest albums of all time with hits such as Where the Streets Have No Name, With Or Without You, and Running to Stand Still (about heroin addiction in Ballymun) sealing their place in the rock 'n' roll history books forever.

Last July his former personal assistant, Carol Hawkins, was jailed for seven years for stealing (EU)2.8m of his money after she was convicted on 181 counts of theft over a four-year period.

Clayton attended the proceedings every day in the Circuit Criminal Court, and gave evidence for the prosecution.

"Nothing, frankly, could explain away the scale of this dishonesty other than the greed in pursuit of a lavish lifestyle that was no responsibility of Mr Clayton's," said Judge McCartan.

(c) Irish Independent, 2013.

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