As noted earlier (see May 23 below) Sir Paul flew to Ireland last week to attend a dinner marking the opening of artist Francis Bacon's 7 Reece Mews studio which has been moved brick by brick from South Kensington, London and reconstructed in the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin. Three years ago, Sir Paul's close friend, John Edwards, donated the studio the to Dublin which was Bacon's native city. The studio served as the artist's home and legendary working space for the last thirty years of his life (he died in 1992) and it was here that he produced some of his best work. Sir Paul knew Francis Bacon, who is considered to be one of finest figurative artists ever and one of the greatest European painters of the twentieth century.
Dinner guests reported that Sir Paul was "in fantastic form" at the function that evening: "There was a traditional Irish band and Sir Paul got up and did an Irish jig with the gallery director."
While in Dublin, Sir Paul and Heather stayed in the pounds 1,500-a-night presidential suite of the brand new Four Seasons Hotel. According to the hotel staff: "We didn't see much of them because they spent a lot of time in their suite but whenever they came out they were hand in hand and seemed besotted with each other. They are a lovely couple. They would talk to members of staff and were always very polite. They may be famous but they had no airs and graces."
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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