Rod Stewart buys luxury apartment in Dublin City

Rod Stewart buys luxury apartment in Dublin City

ROD Stewart has recently bought a luxury apartment in Ballsbridge, Dublin, near to the Aviva Stadium.

"I bought a flat in Dublin, that's how much I love it," the rockstar said on RTÉ Radio 1 over the weekend.

"In Ballsbridge, near the Aviva," he added.

Presenter Miriam O'Callaghan said "that's a gorgeous area," and Stewart replied, "Yeah I know, that's how much I love Dublin."

His apartment falls within the much sought after post code Dublin 4, where properties can fetch up to €5.5 million.

The septuagenarian rocker is a lifelong sports fan, and said his new abode, a stones throw away from the Aviva stadium, will give him a great view of fans flocking to the matches.

He is hoping to move in at some point in the coming months.

“If I get out on my balcony, I’m going to see crowds on a Saturday afternoon. The oceans and beaches, it’s gorgeous,” he told the Daily Telegraph.

"I love the pubs in Dublin. So I hope to move in during the next six months", he added.

The pair then got onto Stewart's choice of songs over the past few years.

O’Callaghan asked what inspired Stewart to make his own version of the popular Irish song Grace, about Grace Gilfford who married Joseph Plunket before he was executed for his role in the 1916 Easter Rising.

The English musician told the presenter than he’d first heard the song at the Scottish Cup final, which led him to dig deeper into the history behind it, and to eventually to travel to Dublin Castle.

He said: “I watched the 1916 uprising documentaries and did a lot of homework on it.

“So then I thought, well, I must sing this song. I love it.

“It's never far away from me. Every day when I get up, I will see it in my mind so much. I love it.”

Stewart’s 31st and recently produced studio album shows that he some way off returning – so his new Dublin bolthole may be where he embarks on his next project.

Commenting on making music in the modern era, he told O’Callaghan: “I don't want to say I'm enjoying making albums now, more than I used to because in the old days you'd be locked into studio, a dark, dank studio for months on end and not get anything and it would be very expensive – but now, in this computerised age, it's a lot easier.

“I mean, you get albums done so much quicker and in nice circumstances as well when the sun is shining.

“If you want to be in your garden, you can.”