Thousands of people turned out to watch 26 simultaneous screenings of Good Will Hunting in cinemas across Ireland this evening.

The screenings of the Oscar winning movie starring the late Robin Williams raised €23,000 for suicide awareness and prevention charities north and south of the border.

More than €18,000 was donated to Pieta House.

Screenings in Northern Ireland raised money for the PIPS network of charities and Zest in Derry.

The screenings were hosted by 2fm and Omniplex cinemas, and commenced at 6.30pm in 22 cinemas, 11 on each side of the border.

Due to demand there were multiple screenings in Rathmines in Dublin, Cork and Limerick.

Williams was found dead earlier this month, after an apparent suicide.

He had depression, anxiety and the early stages of Parkinson's disease.