Thursday 5 March 2015

The 'Fourth' is strong with these Star Wars fans

Published 05/05/2014 | 02:30

Aydin Jonmark, 18 months, from Clontaf, with 'AT AT Driver' at Star Wars' 'Invasion Dublin' at the RDS, Dublin yesterday. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Aydin Jonmark, 18 months, from Clontaf, with 'AT AT Driver' at Star Wars' 'Invasion Dublin' at the RDS, Dublin yesterday. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Aydin Jonmark, 18 months, from Clontaf, with 'AT AT Driver' at Star Wars' 'Invasion Dublin' at the RDS, Dublin yesterday. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Cian McGuire (9) from Carlow with 'Chewbacca' at Star Wars' 'Invasion Dublin' at the RDS in Dublin yesterday. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Joe Donegan (6) from Greystones with 'Chewbacca' at Star Wars' 'Invasion Dublin' at the RDS, Dublin yesterday. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Conor Ward, 5, from Donaghmede at Star Wars' 'Invasion Dublin' at the RDS, Dublin yesterday. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Darragh Colleran, from Limerick, with Malgus. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Ru O'Reilly from Offaly with 'Malgus' at Star Wars' 'Invasion Dublin' at the RDS in Dublin yesterday. Picture: Caroline Quinn

DIE-hard fans 'engaged the hyperdrive' to celebrate International Star Wars Day yesterday, on the most pun-friendly day of the year: May the Fourth (Be With You).

In celebration of the unofficial fan holiday, a special message was delivered from the International Space Station in the form of a dramatic action movie short.

But back on planet Earth, thousands of fans had their lightsabres at the ready as they flocked to the RDS in Dublin for a 'Star Wars' convention over the bank holiday weekend, in support of Irish Autism Action.

Actors from the 'Star Wars' films, including Femi Taylor, who played Jabba the Hutt's slave Oola, hosted talks and signed autographs for fans, while large mock-ups of the iconic film sets offered plenty of photo-ops.

Ryan Tubridy was at the event and gave the thumbs up to the casting of Domhnall Gleeson in the new Star Wars movie. "He is a rising star. I think he's going to be one of the biggest acting exports we have seen," said Tubridy.

He brought his nephew with him to the convention because his girls wouldn't have been interested.

"I always loved Star Wars as a child," the radio host said. "I've had my picture taken with the storm troopers which I am pretty happy about."

Irish Independent

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