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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Force with fans as thousands descend on RDS for Star Wars convention

Published 03/05/2014 | 16:13

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THE force was with thousands of Star Wars fans descended on Dublin's RDS today to catch a glimpse of their favourite characters at Ireland's largest annual fan event, Invasion Dublin.

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Actors from the Star Wars films, including Femi Taylor, who played Jabba the Hutt's slave Oola, are hosting talks and signing autographs for the die-hard crowds.

"I love taking part in these events. Star Wars has opened me to a world of people I otherwise would not have met," Taylor said. "It's a lifetime connection, it's like a family."

Almost 10,000 sci-fi fans are expected to beam themselves to the annual fan convention in support of Irish Autism Action, which is now in its fourth year.

The exhibition halls at the RDS have been decked out with replica sets from the movies and Jedi Masters are on hand to help visitors improve their knowledge of 'The Force.'

"We're Ireland's longest established costuming club, so we're completely volunteer based and we run these events for fellow fans and raise a lot of money for charity through them as well and we're bringing dreams to life," said Michael Pierce of the Emerald Garrison, the Star Wars costume club that stages the event each year.

Silvia Conroy accompanied her die-hard fans- husband Brian and son Liam (6) to the event.

Shawna Keenan from Portarlington as Pricess Leia is joined by 'Chewbaca' and a 'Storm Trooper' at the Star Wars event in the RDS.  Picture; GERRY MOONEY.   3/5/14
Shawna Keenan from Portarlington as Pricess Leia is joined by 'Chewbaca' and a 'Storm Trooper' at the Star Wars event in the RDS. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 3/5/14
Justin Morrison 'Old Republic Jedi' and Janine Millar 'Barriss Offee' at the Star Wars event in the RDS.  Picture; GERRY MOONEY.   3/5/14
Justin Morrison 'Old Republic Jedi' and Janine Millar 'Barriss Offee' at the Star Wars event in the RDS. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 3/5/14

"My husband is a big fan and our son is into it now because of the Star Wars Lego and he's looked at all of the box sets," she said. "So we're passing on the power of the force!"

For more from The Emerald Garrison visit here.

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