Saturday 1 October 2016

Enniscorthy rolls out the red carpet for special screening of Colm Toibin's Brooklyn

Conor Kane

Published 29/10/2015 | 10:56

Author Colm Tóibín and cast members Eve Macklin, Gary Lydon.
Author Colm Tóibín and cast members Eve Macklin, Gary Lydon.
Saoirse Ronan and Domhnall Gleeson in Brooklyn
Emory Cohen and Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn
Saoirse Ronan shines as an Irish immigrant who falls for an Italian-American in 1950s Brooklyn
28/10/2015. FREE TO USE IMAGE.. Brooklyn premiere screening in Enniscorthy. Pictured is Author Colm Tóibín meeting a fan, Ann Cushen, Kiltealy, Co. Wexford.

HIS movie is being tipped for an Oscar and last night author Colm Toibin got a taste of the red carpet in his home town.

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Enniscorthy turned Tinseltown for the evening as it hosted the author, the stars and the extras of Brooklyn.

Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Ronan

The movie premiered last week and lists Saoirse Ronan as its top billing. Saoirse unfortunately couldn't attend due to commitments in the US but it didn't stop the celebrations in the Wexford town.

Over 200 extras who appeared in the film attended the screening in the specially- decorated Riverside Park Hotel.

first time as they are joined by the film's stars Eve Macklin and Gary Lydon, plus author of the novel on which it's based, Colm Tóibín for a special 'premiere' screening of the film in Enniscorthy town on Wednesday, October 28th. Picture: Patrick Browne
first time as they are joined by the film's stars Eve Macklin and Gary Lydon, plus author of the novel on which it's based, Colm Tóibín for a special 'premiere' screening of the film in Enniscorthy town on Wednesday, October 28th. Picture: Patrick Browne

Actors Eve Macklin, Jane Brennan and Gary Lydon also appeared alongside Colm Toibin and members of the film's production company.

Much of the shooting for the movie version of the widely-lauded book took place in Enniscorthy, where three streets were taken back in time to the 1950s early last year.

Local hero Colm was happy to bask in his well-earned glory and chat to locals who gathered at the red carpet.

He said that it was "very important" for him that the production was brought back to Enniscorthy.

"It's very special for it to be shown in Enniscorthy," he said.

"To return to the place where I envisioned all the drama taking place. I think that's very unique."

Colm said that the Athenaeum venue in Enniscorthy, featured in the book and film, was a long-standing institution.

"If I wanted to get downtown I would walk down that very street that they walked, to get to the dance, and my father ran dances in that Athenaeum, where it's set," he said.

He added that audiences in America and Ireland - the two settings for the story - react very differently to certain aspects of the film.

The author said it was great that the Enniscorthy sequences were shot in the town itself.

"There was a lot of enthusiasm in the town when it was shot, a lot of people wanted to be extras and to be involved," he said.

Other Irish locations included the village of Tagoat and Curracloe beach outside Wexford town.

Brooklyn goes on general release on November 6 and is heavily tipped for an Oscar nod.

Speaking at the Irish premiere in the Savoy Cinema, O'Connell Street last week Ronan said she was wary of getting too excited about possible nominations.

"I've been on both sides of that," she said.

"If it happens that would be brilliant but if it doesn't it is great to have got the reaction we have."

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