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Sunday 18 March 2018

Fans at film tribute to tragic star

Robin Williams fans at a special memorial film showing in Dublin.
Robin Williams fans at a special memorial film showing in Dublin.
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

More than a thousand fans of comic genius Robin Williams attended an open air screening of one of his most popular films last night to mark his tragic death this week.

The fans, some of whom had been queuing for more than an hour, snaked along the entire perimeter of Merrion Square park in Dublin's city centre to watch a special screening of The Dead Poet's Society to pay tribute to the talented comedian and actor who tragically took his own life on Monday.

But instead of laying floral tributes, they came with blankets, bean bags, beach chairs and popcorn to celebrate what he did best: entertain and make people laugh. Sitting in a camping chair at the top of the queue was lifelong fan Mary Eldin, (64), from Navan, Co Meath, made the trip to Dublin especially to mourn her hero.

She has seen every one of his films, except for "Insomnia" which she taped off the TV last night, and like everyone else at the screening, couldn't believe he is no longer with us.

"We felt we had to do something," she said. "It's really sad for someone who gave so much pleasure to people, I just found him so anarchic, I loved it, to think he had suffered so much with depression and everything." The screening was organised by "spontaneous event" managers Happenings which is donating some of the proceeds from the E5 admission charge to the Pieta House suicide prevention charity. 

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