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Feathers flying over Bono's peahen

BONO'S wandering peahen is continuing to cause havoc for south Dublin residents.

The exotic bird attracted a large gathering last night as it wandered into a Killiney housing estate yet again.

The peahen -- the less spectacular-coloured female partner to a male peacock -- arrived in the Ard Mhuire housing estate in Killiney at approximately 7pm. She then scaled a garage roof in an elderly resident's back garden where she decided to stay a while before taking shelter from the rain.

A large crowd gathered outside the house as news spread that the bird still 'hadn't found what it's looking for', and doesn't appear to suffer from Vertigo, either.

The bird's travels were the subject of a section on Joe Duffy's Liveline programme yesterday afternoon when a number of Killiney residents rang in to complain about the wandering peahen.

Residents in various locations throughout Killiney and Dalkey have reported sightings of Bono's bird in the past couple of weeks.

Its loud cries and "lovely messages" dumped on pristine lawns is causing annoyance to residents.

Bono is due to take to the stage with U2 tonight in Baltimore, in the US.

But they are due to cross the Atlantic soon as they are taking to the stage for the Glastonbury festival on Friday -- and he might be able to tend to matters now that he is closer to home.


Local woman Susan McKeon said she first noticed the bird on Monday night. "It had a tiny head and a huge body. It was actually quite ugly but I don't think it's fully grown," she said.