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Monday 20 November 2017

Clinton's souvenir spree 'like a dream', says shop manager

Ex US President Bill Clinton visiting the Kilkenny Design Shop today on Dublin's Nassau St. Photo: Douglas O'Connor
Ex US President Bill Clinton visiting the Kilkenny Design Shop today on Dublin's Nassau St. Photo: Douglas O'Connor

Former US President Bill Clinton caused quite a stir when he stepped out for a shopping trip in Dublin city centre.

Mr Clinton was followed by a number of fans as he browsed Irish craft and design products in the Kilkenny Shop on Nassau Street yesterday afternoon.

The former president spent almost an hour in the store and filled his basket with a selection of Irish-made jewellery, homeware and crafts.

One of the managers at the store, Anastacia Dovdula, said the 70-year-old's visit was "like a dream".

"We didn't expect him to call in, it was a complete surprise. He had an entourage with him. Everyone is still buzzing now," she said.

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"The store was so busy. It was so exciting. He really pulled in the crowd.

"He was looking at everything in every department, but he seemed most interested in the products made in Ireland."

Ms Dovdula said he picked up a selection of Irish handmade items, and the staff presented him with a small gift for his grandchildren, Charlotte and Aidan Clinton Mezvinsky.

"He did buy a few things. All of the things were made in Ireland by Irish designers, which is great because that's what we're all about. He bought some jewellery, some homeware and crafts," she said. "We gave him a little gift for his grandchildren, a little handmade toy. He was delighted."

Mr Clinton, who was in the White House from 1993 to 2001, was photographed as he chatted to people in the crowd and posed for selfies outside the store.

He was accompanied by a number of security personnel and they guided him through the growing crowd.

He raised a bunch of daffodils being sold in aid of the Irish Cancer Society's Daffodil Day as he waved and walked towards his car.

Mr Clinton visited Ireland to attend the funeral of former Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness in Derry on Thursday.

He then travelled to Dublin to dine with well-known businessman Denis O'Brien and hotelier John Fitzpatrick.

The trio were pictured chatting to passers-by as they left Peploe's Wine Bistro on St Stephen's Green.

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