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Saturday 16 February 2019

Howard and Jason hit town for raucous bash with our A-list

Take That's Jason Orange and Howard Donald showed the younger generation how it's done when they partied up a storm in Dublin at the weekend.

While bandmates Robbie Williams, Gary Barlow and Mark Owen retired to their hotel for a quiet celebration following Saturday's Croke Park gig, Jason (40) and Howard (42) joined a host of celebs at an exclusive after-party at Lillie's Bordello.

The Diary can reveal how the pair partied with their support act the Pet Shop Boys, X Factor judge Louis Walsh, Grainne Seoige, Craig Doyle, Liam Cunningham, Shane Horgan, Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman to name but a few, at an invite-only bash in the Grafton Street venue.

It was Jason's second night on the town, with the chart-topper spotted enjoying a drink at Taylor's Three Rock bar in Rathfarnham with friends the previous evening.

The singer was keen to sample the Irish nightlife and is even said to have paid a visit to Copper Face Jacks.

Meanwhile, his friend and bandmate Howard was busy dining with his girlfriend Katie Halil and star couple Rob Kearney and Susie Amy at nearby restaurant Shanahan's on the Green on Friday night.

The couple, who attended both Saturday and Sunday night's concerts, joined Howard and his other half again on Saturday night, when they stepped out to the A-list bash in honour of Take That at Lillie's.

The singers, along with other big-name guests had been chauffeured to the celebrity nightclub in a fleet of blacked-out cars, with a garda escort accompanying them up Grafton Street to ensure they were shielded from the attentions of over-zealous fans.

"There was a flurry of activity when the guys came in. The security operation was enormous and no-one could get near them," said a source.

"They were led straight to the Library, where there were several bouncers manning the door to ensure that only the VIPs on the list could gain access and anyone in there had to have the obligatory yellow wrist band.

"It had been booked out completely for the party and was off limits to everyone else, even the staff.

"The champagne was flowing into the early hours and everyone had a ball.

"Musician Darren Holden provided the entertainment and both Jason and Howard said they were very impressed with him," they added.

Earlier that evening guests at the bash had enjoyed a perfect view of Take That on stage at Croke Park, with MCD boss Denis Desmond and his wife Caroline Downey Desmond hosting a corporate box.

Among the additional big names spotted at the concert were Boyzone singer Ronan Keating and his wife Yvonne, who appeared more loved-up than ever despite their brief split last year.

Other guests included retired rugby player Alan Quinlan, Dublin footballer Alan Brogan, Norma Smurfit, Bill Cullen and partner Jackie Lavin, Today FM DJs Ian Dempsey, Tony Fenton and actress Alison Doody.

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