The theatre really revved into life here at SGC Dungarvan last night for the much anticipated premiere of My Name Is Emily. The award-winning independent Irish drama, directed by Simon Fitzmaurice and starring Evanna Lynch, debuted here among a bustling crowd of over 250 people. The night, which was a huge success, was organised by Yesteryear Motor Club in aid of St. Vincent’s End of Life Unit at Dungarvan Hospital.
Of course, the main attraction of the night was the gleaming, now illustrious, yellow Renault 4L that took pride of place in the chock-full lobby. The superbly maintained vintage vehicle belonged to Dungarvan’s very own Thomas Coffey, who the night was in honour of. Tom very kindly donated his beloved car to the project after the movie crew tracked down the vehicle following an extensive search of the internet and garages across the nation. Tom’s daughter, Joyce Coffey, told how the crew were thrilled to have Tom be a part of their team. Attending the Dublin premiere and the Galway Film Festival, Tom saw his star car journey to the big screen, making this critically acclaimed movie possible. Sadly, Tom passed away on New Year’s before he could see his car make its triumphant homecoming. He received the very best of care in Dungarvan Hospital, spending his last days in the End of Life Unit which this event was in aid of.
After a little careful manoeuvring, the prized Renault sailed through the doors to park proudly in the centre of the cinema and bask in the much-deserved praise which those in attendance heaped on the four-wheeled celebrity. The night was a roaring success, with everyone enjoying some delicious nibbles and wine, kindly provided by Daly Catering, before settling down to enjoy the movie. An immensely enjoyable night for all, which SGC Dungarvan was delighted to be a part of and to help such an amazing cause.
Cinema-goers can see the star car in action for themselves at SGC Dungarvan as My Name Is Emily will be playing here over the coming week. The powerful film traces the odyssey of a young girl, Emily (Evanna Lynch), who runs away from a foster home in search of her visionary father who is a patient in a psychiatric ward. Before long Emily finds herself on a journey of self-discovery as this story of madness, redemption and love unfolds.