All yesterday’s parties: a look back at the glory days of Dublin’s nightlife

The capital’s nightclub scene has been mothballed since last March, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate its heyday by revisiting some infamous moments that defined decades of revelry

8th November, 2020
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U2’s Bono and his wife Ali Hewson leaving The Kitchen nightclub, co-owned by Bono and bandmate Edge, in Dublin. Photo: Photocall Ireland

It was well after midnight, and the phone on the reception desk was ringing. Robbie Fox, the affable ringmaster of The Pink Elephant, had abandoned his usual vigil on the door of Dublin’s hippest nightclub for a couple of minutes, and left me, a regular customer who happened to be in his vicinity, improbably in charge.

The caller was looking for Robbie. I explained he was momentarily AWOL and offered to convey a...

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