15th anniversary of the death of Limerick-born actor Richard Harris

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the death of Limerick-born actor Richard Harris.

Harris starred in a number of famous movies including the first two Harry Potter films as Albus Dumbledore, in A Man Called Horse, Unforgiven and Gladiator.

He was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease in August 2002 and died on October, 25 2002. He was aged 72.

Over the October Bank Holiday weekend, the fifth annual Richard Harris Film Festival will take place. Metropolitan Mayor Cllr Sean Lynch will open the festival on Thursday October 26 at the Millennium Theatre at Moylish.

There will be a party Friday night for filmmakers at the George Boutique Hotel. Saturday, October 28 is an action packed day with Culture at the Castle on in the afternoon at King John’s Castle. It will be hosted by Limerick Writers Centre.

Kasbah, a fancy dress competition, will occur at Dolan’s on Saturday evening at 11.30pm.

Over 100 other films will be screened at the weekend, which will include student and professional short and feature films. Each year has a featured film of Harris’ and this year it will be the 1995 film Cry The Beloved Country.

Director Darrell James Roodt will join the Harris family for the screening and Q&A afterwards at the Belltable on Sunday, October 29 at 3.30pm.

There will be screenings on Monday, from 12pm to 1pm there will be a fresh film festival with horror shorts at the Belltable.

A BBQ will be held on Monday evening at JJ. Bowles.

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