Friday, September 5, 2014

Ireland with Spade Lion Productions

I was invited by Spade Lion Productions to screen CALL GIRL in Limerick, Ireland with their new short film by Paddy Murphy ENSNARED. They knew I was going to be on that side of the pond already for FrightFest, so we took advantage of the opportunity.

St. Mucnhin's
The one thing I begged them to do while I was there- show me a castle!!! And they went above and beyond!

I arrived in Shannon, Ireland last Thursday (August 28th) morning and from the plane I was already in awe of the green scenery. Paddy met me at the airport and first thing took me to Bunratty Castle. Across the road from the castle is a pub called Durty Nelly's. And he told me "Mac" on Always Sunny in Philadelphia often wears a t-shirt from this pub on the show!

Once we got to Limerick we met Steve Spade (producer and magician) for lunch. Then we went on a walk around town where they showed me St. Munchin's church and cemetery, King John's castle, River Shannon and so much more. It's a magical town. A dream come true to see this kind of architecture in the flesh. 

Our screening was that evening in this beautiful venue, Cellar Door. Literally in a cellar. Adorned with vintage furniture and candlelight. The place was packed and CALL GIRL received the most exciting and flattering reaction I've ever seen. They laughed and screamed!!

Afterwards, I did an interview with the Emerald Gore Society. It was lovely to meet the entire crew. I am excited to share that video with you all when it is posted!

And then everyone from ENSNARED and the screening showed me how Ireland parties and I could not keep up. We went to three bars, running from closing time. And topped the night off with some gyros- not the best.

St. John's Cathedral.
Next day, I went to lunch with Steve and Paddy. Then Paddy and I met up with his family- his wife Kathy and daughter Piper.  First we went to St. John's Cathedral. The highest steeple in Ireland. Built in 1861. It was gorgeous.

The Murphy's took me to their home. A short drive outside of Limerick along the river, with gorgeous hills behind their house and a mountain in the distance.  It looks like a fairly tale. We went on a walk down the river, where Paddy shot ENSNARED. It was awesome. The perfect end to my trip to Ireland.

I wish I could have stayed a few more days.

The ENSNARED gang and me at Cellar Door. Photo by Billy Hayes.

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