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Man 'had a weapon in home of U2's Larry'

A man is in custody after being charged with trespassing at the home of U2's Larry Mullen with a weapon, intending to cause injury or intimidate.

Gerard O'Neill (31), of Orchard House on Dublin's James Street, was arrested on October 29.

He appeared at Dublin District Court the following day charged with trespass on the curtilage of Claremont Lodge, the home of the U2 star on Claremont Road in Howth.

It is alleged he did so in such a manner as caused or was likely to cause fear.


O'Neill was charged under Section 13 of the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act as amended by Section 22 of the Intoxicating Liquor Act.

And in a separate charge O'Neill is accused of having a golf club in a public place with intent to unlawfully cause injury or intimidate a person, namely gardai Aisling O'Neill and Stephen Donnelly from Howth Garda Station.

This charge was under Section 9(5) of the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act.

Gerard O'Neill was remanded in custody to appear at Cloverhill Court next Wednesday at 10am.

Drummer Mullen is set to join his bandmates on a trip across the Atlantic in the coming days for a week-long residency on the hit Tonight Show hosted by Jimmy Fallon.

Lead singer Bono presented a copy of the band's latest album, Songs of Innocence, to Taoiseach Enda Kenny yesterday.

The band were recently criticised for making deal with Apple to give the album to everyone with iTunes whether they wanted it or not.