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Brooklyn begins Enniscorthy shoot at end of March

1 of 1 Saoirse Ronan plays Eilis Lacey
Saoirse Ronan plays Eilis Lacey

The film adaptation of Colm Tóibín's acclaimed novel Brooklyn will begin shooting in his hometown of Enniscorthy at the end of March with Saoirse Ronan and Domhnaill Gleeson heading the cast.

The Wexford Echo reports that locations will include Church Street, Castle Street, the old Bank of Ireland and the Athenaeum building, as well as Curracloe strand, 12 miles from the town.

BAFTA-winning director John Crowley (Intermission) will direct from Nick Hornby's screenplay, and Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent also have starring roles.

A week’s shoot is scheduled for Enniscorthy and Wexford and up to 70 locals will take part in a wedding scene and a dance in a local hall. The remainder of the film will be shot in Dublin and Canada.

Brooklyn, which is set in the 1950s and won the Costa Prize for Tóibín, follows Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) as she leaves Enniscorthy to seek out a better life in Brooklyn.

She travels to New York and secures a job in a department store. Battling initial homesickness, she does her best to adapt to life in a local digs, with other girls.

She falls in love with Italian-American Tony (played by Emory Cohen) but just as their relationship gets into its stride, sad news from home casts a shadow over the idea of a permanent life in New York.

Eilis decides returns to Ireland where her attraction for a charming local man called Jim (Domhnaill Gleeson) causes her intense soul-searching.

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