Ronnie Wood rocks into Naas cafe Roasters

Naas visit

Paul O'Meara


Paul O'Meara

Ronnie Wood rocks into Roasters

Ronnie Wood with staff at the Sallins Road coffee shop

The story of how Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood was denied an opportunity to perform in Tommy Fletcher’s pub has become part of local folklore.

So much so that a weekly music session hosted by local musicians and singers Bobby Roche, Margaret Hoban, Jim Devlin and Rev. Philip Heak takes place at the atmospheric Naas venue on Thursday nights and is billed as The Ronnie Wood Sessions at Fletcher’s.

The musician was accorded a different reception when he visited one of the Naas’s newest businesses, not far from Tommy Fletcher’s hostelry on North Main Street.

Ronnie, who has a house near Digby Bridge, between Sallins and Caragh, dropped in for a coffee into one of the town’s newest businesses at Poplar Square, opposite the entrance to McAuley Place on the Sallins Road.

He was accompanied by his wife Sally, who gave birth to the couple’s twins Gracie Jane and Alice Rose, who were born on May 30, 2016. The rocker dropped into PS Coffee Roasters, a specialist coffee shop and coffee retailer, for what’s referred to as a “flight of coffees” a sampling of three types.

“Ronnie enjoyed the coffees which consisted of three perfectly extracted espressos; Kenya AA which tastes like sweet raspberries, Nicaraguan finca la Argentina which tastes like deep chocolate and an Ethiopian yirgacheffe which is bright and floral. He loved them all and said he would be back soon to try another,” said Peter.

He added that Sally enjoyed one of the home made quinoa bars on sale there and which contain “honey from my own bees in Straffan.”