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Homecoming for Toibín at 'Brooklyn' screening

Conor Kane

Published 29/10/2015 | 02:30

Author Colm Toibín with fan Ann Cushen at the 'Brooklyn' screening
Author Colm Toibín with fan Ann Cushen at the 'Brooklyn' screening
Cast member Eve Macklin
Saoirse Ronan

Award-winning author Colm Toibín returned to his native home town of Enniscorthy last night for a special red-carpet screening of Brooklyn.

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Based on Toibin's acclaimed 2009 novel, it tells the story of Eilis Lacey, a young Irish women who moves to Brooklyn in the 1950s.

Lead actress Saoirse Ronan may have been a no show but the screening attracted quite a crowd, with cast members Eve Macklin and Gary Lydon walking down the red carpet at Riverside Park Hotel.

Colm Toibín said it was "very special" to bring the production back to Enniscorthy.

"To return to the place where I envisioned all the drama taking place is very special," he said. "I think that's very unique."

Toibin makes a fleeting cameo in the movie, playing the part of 'man in queue'.

"I have a cap on and I am hoping to get an Oscar for 'Author desperately trying to muscle in to his own movie' if such a category exists," he said.

The story was adapted for the silver screen by Fever Pitch and High Fidelity screenwriter Nick Hornby while John Crowley acted as director. Toibin said the production team were a "dream" to work with.

Irish Independent

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