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9 of the most wonderful Irish Prince memories

RIP, Purple One.

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THE MUSIC WORLD is reeling at the death of legendary musician Prince at the age of 57.

The singer has a special place in the hearts of many Irish people, playing some iconic gigs in Cork and Dublin over the years. Here are nine great memories of those times.

When he invited Bono to join him for a secret set in Dublin’s POD nightclub in 1995

He also gave punters at Spirit (now known as the Academy) a two-hour secret set after his gig in the Point in 2002. As was his wont.

When he showed Cork how it’s done back in 1990

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Páirc Uí Chaoimh has never been the same since.

As well as mildly scandalising the local politicians with his raunchy performances

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According to this blog, the then-chairman of the Cork County Board told the Evening Echo that he was going to “sit down with Prince and discuss” his lewd behaviour ahead of the gig.

No word on whether that ever happened, however.

When he made everyone in Ireland regret not getting tickets to his 2011 Malahide Castle gig

Because he just DIDN’T STOP PLAYING

Not that anybody cared.

And unwittingly gave Irish kids a bit of sex ed

When he uttered the infamous phrase ‘tell that cat to chill’

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He was talking about Irish gig promoter Denis Desmond, who was worried Prince’s 2008 Croke Park gig wouldn’t go ahead (it didn’t).

When he wrote the song that would become one of Sinéad O’Connor’s biggest hits

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“I look for cosmic meaning in everything. I think we just took the song as far as we could, then someone else was supposed to come along and pick it up,” he said of her version.

Then tried to give out to her for swearing in interviews

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As per an interview Sinéad did with a Norwegian radio station in 2014:

He summoned me to his house – and it’s foolish to do this to an Irish woman – he said he didn’t like me saying bad words in interviews. So I told him to f**k off.

What a man. RIP, Prince.

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