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Thursday 23 October 2014

Forget the limo, Lincoln stars are hopping on the Ballsbridge bus

IT WILL be a sight to behold: Steven Spielberg, Sally Fields and Daniel Day-Lewis catching a Dublin Bus from O'Connell Street to Ballsbridge.

Despite all the glitz and glamour of the European premiere of Oscar-nominated Lincoln, the Irish will be keeping the stars well grounded.

Sources tell the Herald that the film's stars are to forgo their shiny limousines and will be ferried from the Savoy cinema to the after party in the Burlington on city buses.

Ten double decker buses sponsored by Dublin Bus will be awaiting the guests -- including A-listers such as Bono, the Edge and President Michael D Higgins -- at the city centre venue following the premiere of the film.



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Funds from the premiere and an auction of Lincoln memorabilia will be donated to the Wicklow Hospice Foundation by its patron, the film's leading man Day-Lewis.

A special gala dinner in aid of the hospice will also take place in the Burlington Hotel where Bono and Shane MacGowan will perform.

The film stars will join 900 guests on Sunday night for the dinner but before the main event kicks off, a handful of Ireland's leading celebs will be given star treatment at a special champagne reception ahead of the 4pm film premiere.

A strictly invitation-only VIP reception will take place in Dublin's Gresham Hotel, the Herald understands.

The guests will be treated to champagne and canapes at the gathering.

"It will be VIPs only and Bono, President Higgins and Sinead O'Connor among others will be in the Gresham," an insider told the Herald.

Bono's wife Ali Hewson, The Edge, Shane MacGowan, Chris de Burgh, Jim Sheridan and U2 manager Paul McGuinness are also on the guest list for the get together.

"They will be served Moet Chandon champagne and canapes," added the source.

Among the mouth-watering canapes on the menu are west coast crab on Melba toast wafer, croquette of wild mushroom and Szechaun pepper chicken with tomato and chilli jam.

The star guests will need to keep room for the gala dinner later that evening, where a top class menu has been laid on for the lucky guests.

Some 550 hopefuls are on the waiting list for tickets.

To start, guests will be served tian of crab and potato, while the main course will provide the option of roast beef teamed with horseradish duchess potato or seabass and potato and crab croquette.

Guests will then have to find room for a chocolate teardrop desert filled with vanilla cream and accompanied by berry compote.

Spielberg and the Lincoln stars will attend the premiere and gala dinner as a favour to Day-Lewis, who became a patron of the Wicklow Hospice Foundation in 2009.

Individual tickets were not sold for the gala dinner and instead guests were asked to fork out €1,600 for a table of 10.

The price also includes tickets to the European premiere of Lincoln.

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