Over 500 people attended the special premiere screening of two episodes of Chris O’Dowd’s new sitcom, ‘Moone Boy’ in Boyle on Saturday. The series will air on Sky 1 HD in September. The premiere – hosted by Sky 1 – was a huge success with guests particularly delighted at the sight on screen of locals and well-known Boyle locations!
Cast members present in Boyle on Saturday included Boyle native Chris O’Dowd, Steve Coogan, Johnny Vegas, David Rawle, Deirdre O’Kane, Peter McDonald and Norma Sheahan. The stars will be returning to Boyle soon to begin filming for series 2.
Moone Boy follows the antics of the youngest member of the Moone family, 11-year-old Martin Moone (David Rawle). It’s 1989 and Martin has a unique perspective on life, aided by an imaginary friend, Sean Murphy, played by Boyle native Chris O'Dowd. Martin's imagination comes into play both in his childish drawings, which come alive through animation, and in the ridiculous schemes he comes up with, against Sean's better judgement. With Sean's help, Martin negotiates life as the youngest in a chaotic, scatter-brained family helmed by Debra (Deirdre O’Kane) and Liam (Peter McDonald). Simon Delaney, Maeve Higgins, and Ruth McCabe also appear in the show.
Chris O’Dowd said: “Being here today is really, really special. There's been a lot of talk about the show and although it's a Sky show, and they've been really great, it's also a Boyle show."
Lucy Lumsden, Head of Comedy at Sky commented: “We really wanted to have this event as a thank you to the people of Boyle for welcoming us so warmly. If Chris's Little Cracker was a postcard back home then Moone Boy is the love letter to Boyle and to his family.”
Feighan hails ‘ambassador O’Dowd’
Local Fine Gael TD Frank Feighan has hailed Chris O’Dowd as a wonderful tourism ambassador and “asset” for County Roscommon and his home town of Boyle.
“Despite the huge success Chris has had already in the film and television business, he has never forgotten his roots and is always keen to promote Boyle and Roscommon at every opportunity,” he stated.
“His strong connection with Boyle was in evidence again at the weekend with the premiere screening of his Sky comedy ‘Moone Boy’ at Lough Key Forest Park.
“This was Chris’ decision to stage the premiere at the Park, ensuring plenty of national and international publicity for Boyle.
“It was also fitting that you had two wonderful Boyle assets sitting side by side, Chris and Lough Key Forest Park.
“Indeed, visitors from the TV industry were glowing about the Park and the wonderful scenery around Boyle and there’s no doubt Chris O’Dowd continues to be a wonderful tourism asset for Roscommon,” concluded Deputy Feighan.
Issue dated: 17 August 2012
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