The fifties club! Bono, 53, Sean Penn, 53 and Julian Lennon, 50, enjoy a boys' night out in Dublin
By DANIELLE GUSMAROLI
PUBLISHED: 8 March 2014
They're in Ireland for some high-powered political talks.
But U2 frontman Bono and Hollywood star Sean Penn, 53, made sure there was space in the diary for a boys' night out and were joined by musician Julian Lennon, 50, for supper and drinks in Dublin on Friday night.
The trio headed to the smart Cleaver East eaterie in the Clarence Hotel in Temple Bar, formerly owned by the Bono and his musician mate The Edge, until they both stepped down as directors last year.
It's a beautiful Day! Bono leaves Cleaver East in Clarence Hotel, Dublin, where he dined with pals Sean Penn and Julian Lennon wearing his trademark tinted glasses
Sated and content, they then sauntered off to Bagots Hutton Wine Bar for drinks and to chat some more into the early hours.
In his signature tinted shades, Bono, 53, looked smart in a black velour jacket with long sleeves, black trousers and shiny shoes.
He wore a V-neck jumper and chain and sported a sprinkling of fresh facial hair around his chin.
It's a boys' night: Sean Penn (left) left girlfriend Charlize Theron back home in LA and joined U2's Bono and musician pal Julian Lennon (right) at Cleaver East in the Clarence Hotel where they had supper
The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty star Sean Penn, who was in town as the guest of honour at the Front Line Defenders Awards, looked every inch the scruffy Hollywood star in a leather jacket, baggy jeans and scuffed walking boots.
He made a low-key appearance in the Irish capital without his A-lister girlfriend, Academy award winner Charlize Theron, who stayed at their LA home.
Musician Julian, the only child of Beatles' John Lennon and Cynthia Powell, joined the pair looking equally sombre in black woollen coat and boots.
Let's shake on a great night! Bono thanks the doorman at Clarence Hotel before heading off to Bagots Hutton wine bar
Sean was in town where he presented an award to women's rights campaigner Noorzia Afridi.
Ms Afridi founded the Society for Appraisal and Women Empowerment in Rural Areas (SAWERA) along with her sister Fareeda Kokikhel, who was shot dead on her way to work in 2012.
The Front Line Defenders Awards honours and protects human rights defenders around the world since its establishment in Dublin in 2001.
Low key in Dublin: Sean Penn makes a low key appearance in Dublin and leaves A-lister girlfriend Charlize Theron at their LA home
Meanwhile, Bono was back on home turf to address the European People’s Party in Dublin.
Bono addressed the centre-right leaders - including German chancellor Angela Merkel - at the summit of Fine Gael’s European affiliate.
He told the summit: 'I want to give an enormous, enormous shout out. The biggest shout out I have in my heart, to the Irish people for coming through. I’d love to say it was the Troika but I think it was despite the Troika. The Irish people bailed the Irish people out,' he said.
A dishevelled-looking Sean: The actor looks a little worse for wear as he leaves Clarence Hotel
Bono attended the event on foot with EPP leaders as part of his ongoing dialogue with global leaders.
He was a representative of the One campaign against extreme poverty, a group which argues that it is crucial for European leaders to introduce measures to make it more difficult to move money secretly around the world.
The One campaign believes money secretly moved from sub-Saharan Africa through the financial system amounts to some €38.6bn per year, greater than the €29.8 billion the region receives in developmental aid from wealthy western countries.
Sombre in black: Julian, 50, joins the boys suitably dressed in dark attire as they head to Bagots Hutton wine bar to chat some more