OSCAR-nominated actor Daniel Day-Lewis was inspired to hold the European premiere of 'Lincoln' in Dublin by his late mother.
The acting legend's mother passed away in a 'cottage hospital' in the UK, after she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.
A patron of the Wicklow Hospice Foundation, a similar facility to that where his mother died, Day-Lewis has dedicated the only red-carpet premiere this side of the Atlantic to the organisation.
The 55-year-old will be joined by the film's director Steven Spielberg, as well as his co-star Sally Field, who plays his wife, on January 20.
The trio will fly out the following day for a scheduled appearance in Greece.
" Spielberg is really just doing this as a personal favour to Daniel. There'll be an entourage of 20th Century Fox producers coming too to show their support. Without doubt it's going to be the social occasion of the year," a source told the Irish Independent.
This is the second time Day-Lewis has shone bright lights on the Irish capital for one of his movies. In 2003, he brought the European opening of 'Gangs of New York' here and was accompanied by Leonardo Di Caprio, Jim Broadbent and John C Reilly.
Arranging for the screening of 'Lincoln' to be held at The Savoy Cinema in Dublin's city centre, the Wicklow-based actor will also host a star-studded gala to raise funds and auction off items from the historical biopic's set, including signed scripts and a pair of gloves that he wore while playing Lincoln.
Broadcaster Michael O Muircheartaigh will MC the event, which will take place at the Burlington Hotel.
Sold out weeks ago, there is a waiting list of 250 people for the 1,000-seat banquet. Tickets for the event cost €160 each, with 10 people to a table.
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