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Saoirse Ronan keeps warm with water bottle on movie set

Published 01/04/2014 | 02:30

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Saoirse Ronan keeps warm with a hot-water bottle on the set of "Brooklyn" at Enniscorthy. Picture: Patrick Browne
Saoirse Ronan keeps warm with a hot-water bottle on the set of "Brooklyn" at Enniscorthy. Picture: Patrick Browne
Saoirse Ronan on the set of Brooklyn. Picture: Mark Doyle
Saoirse Ronan on the set of Brooklyn. Picture: Mark Doyle

ACTRESS Saoirse Ronan was feeling the chill on the first day of shooting the film adaptation of Colm Toibin's acclaimed novel 'Brooklyn'.

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The young actress clutched a hot water bottle in between takes in Toibin's hometown of Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.

Toibin's 2009 book has been adapted for the screen by 'High Fidelity' writer Nick Hornby and it is being directed by John Crowley. It will hit cinemas in 2015.

The movie is predicted to be a critical success, and with good reason, as Hornby has reunited with producers Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey whom he previously worked with on Oscar-nominated film 'An Education'.

'Brooklyn' will also star Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters.

The town of Enniscorthy has undergone something of a facelift in preparation for the shoot; modern road signs have been removed and vintage facades added to shop fronts.

Enniscorthy town clerk David Minogue said there is "a buzz about the place" and has described the film shoot as a "homecoming for Toibin".

"This is where Colm is from, he's one of our well-loved sons so we're delighted his film is being shot here," he said.

EXCITEMENT

"You can feel the excitement in the air. We have had to tidy the town up a good bit and make it look its best."

The last film to be shot in Enniscorthy was 1970 feature 'The Underground' about a US American soldier stranded in occupied France during World War II.

'Brooklyn' follows the character of Nora, played by Ronan, who travels to New York on the advice of a kindly priest. Once there, she falls madly in love with a plumber but is forced back home due to a family tragedy. Things get complicated when she falls for local lad Jim (Gleeson) and is forced to choose between them.

Close to 100 Enniscorthy locals have been cast in the film as extras.

Irish Independent

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