Sunday 25 February 2018

Stars of 'Jimmy's Hall' swap Cannes for Dublin

Simone Kirby at the Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin.
Simone Kirby at the Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin.
Ken Loach

DIRECTOR Ken Loach received a standing ovation as the cast and crew took a bow at the Irish premiere of his latest movie 'Jimmy's Hall'.

The cast, including Irish actors Barry Ward and Simone Kirby, swapped the wilds of Leitrim and Sligo where they spent seven weeks shooting the film for the glitzy red carpet at the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin.

President Michael D Higgins also turned out to meet 77-year-old Loach, whose works include 'The Wind That Shakes the Barley'. His latest film centres on the true story of Jimmy Gralton, who was deported by Eamon de Valera in the 1930s for alleged communist sympathies.

As the crew travelled to Dublin fresh from Cannes, Ward described the glitzy events at the famous film festival as a "whirlwind".

A special fundraising screen of the film will take place in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim, tonight.

Irish Independent

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