LEAP was abuzz with Hollywood faces last weekend as Cork-born actor Cillian Murphy celebrated his 40th birthday in style.
Joining Cillian and his wife Yvonne for the weekend in West Cork were fellow actor and star of Transformers and Sing Street Jack Reynor, along with Today FM’s Dermot Whelan.
It is understood Cillian and his friends hired out Connolly’s of Leap for a private party on the Friday night, where The Frank & Walters played to an invited audience to celebrate his birthday.
Cillian incidentally provides a monologue on their song ‘Stages’ which is taken from their latest album Songs for the Walking Wounded and he is a big fan of the Cork band. The birthday celebrations continued on Saturday, too, and the group dropped into the Harbour Bar in the village that afternoon.
‘There was fierce excitement alright when they called to the bar on Saturday and some people popped in when word got out that a few famous faces were here,’ Margaret Ronan told The Southern Star.
‘Dermot Whelan was very friendly and chatty and he was inside playing pool. He even asked Cillian to pose for photos for a few of his fans. Cillian was outside doing his own thing, as was Jack Reynor, and they were just enjoying the day and the weekend that was in it.’
Cillian and his entourage stayed in the Leap Inn for several nights and they also hired a bus to take them around the area. They even turned up again in Connolly’s the following night, much to the delight of those attending the ‘My House’ DJs event.
It may have been a welcome break for the Peaky Blinders star as he started work on his latest film on location in Dunkirk this week. The World War II drama, directed by Christopher Nolan, stars Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy and even One Direction’s Harry Styles.
Meanwhile, in Crosshaven, former Father Ted star, Ardal O’ Hanlon was celebrating all things ginger as he and a film crew descended on Cronin’s Bar as part of his new television series Ardal’s Ireland.
The new Channel 4 series due this autumn features Joleen Cronin and her annual Irish Redhead Convention, which is held in the seaside village every summer.