Limerick screening!!

September 24, 2009 at 20:32 (1)

Apart from more packing and other stuff related to the move, the only thing I did out of the ordinary today was go in to Figaro’s in Limerick to have my hair cut, so that I look nice and sharp on my upcoming tour!!! But you guys don’t want to hear about that — you want to hear about THIS (unless you don’t live anywhere close to Limerick, in Ireland, in which case you might want to stop reading right about here, for fear you might turn green with envy)…

It was a dream of mine, many years ago, that if a film ever got made of my books, that I would love for the premiere to take place in Limerick, at my local cinema, where I’ve been going to films for as long as I can remember. And guess what … dreams DO come true!!!!

Although fans in the States will have had a chance to see The Vampire’s Assistant already, the first public showing anywhere else in the world (to the best of my knowledge) is going to be at the Omniplex Cinema, Dooradoyle, Limerick, on Tuesday, October 13th at 7.00pm. I’ve been going to the Omniplex ever since it opened — the most recent film I saw there was District 9 — so I’m delighted that, with the help of Universal Ireland and Eason book shop, that we’ve been able to make this work. This will be as special for me as it will hopefully be for everyone else who comes!!

The screening is going to be in Screen 1, their biggest screen, and it should be a night to remember!!! Assuming I finish up my signing in Eason’s in Limerick on time, I hope to get to the cinema to introduce the film at the beginning and watch it with everybody else. I will definitely be there at the end, when I will be answering questions for 15 or 20 minutes after the film finishes, and then signing books for anyone who wants to get books signed. (I think you will be able to buy books there on the night, but I’m not 100% sure of that.)

There are a few different ways to go about getting tickets for this landmark screening.

First up, on the HarperCollins Bebo Demon Freak site — — they have 50 pairs of tickets which they are giving away in a competition as prizes. You can submit your entry online, through the Bebo site, but it must be sent in no later than midnight on Sunday, October 4th. Entering is bit strange — according to the Bebo site, you have to do it twice, once when registering for the competition, and also on the Comment board (meaning everyone can see everyone else’s answer!!) — but hey, this IS a movie about freakishness!!!!!

Secondly, there is a competition on the Eason online site, also with 50 pairs of tickets up for grabs (even though at the moment on the site it looks as if there are only 2 tickets!!!). To try your chance on that one, CLICK HERE.

Thirdly, there is an instore competition being run in the Eason store in Limerick — so if you pop in, you’ll be able to enter while there. I’m not sure how many tickets are up as prizes in that one, but I’m currently in the process of finding out.

Please note, all of the competitions above are for tickets only — you will have to make your own way to the cinema, and accommodation is not provided. And PLEASE do not enter if you know that you cannot make it to the screening on Tuesday, October 13th at 7.00pm, as you will be depriving someone of their place there if you enter, win and do not go.

I’m currently trying to find out if there are any other ways to apply for tickets, e.g. through the cinema or Universal Ireland — so check back for an update over the next few days!!!


  1. Sean Connolly said,

    Wow I’d love to go to this! Just finished the first three books again, getting ready for the movie. When the trailer came out first I wasn’t too sure about it, but I’ve decided that I won’t try compare everything on screen to the books, otherwise I’ll just go crazy nit-picking! Now I’m actually looking forward to it, and I’m curiously excited for John C. Reilly’s version of Crepsley. I read the Saga first when I was younger, but they’re still as good as I remember. Can’t wait for Hell’s Heroes either!

    I always went to Omniplex when I was younger too, because I live in Killaloe in Clare and it was the nearest one. It’s a great cinema even though it’s changed alot since I was young. I wish they’d bring back the telly which showed all the trailers! I loved that yoke… ๐Ÿ˜›

    • Darren Shan said,

      Blimey — I hadn’t thought about that telly in years!!! Aye, it was cool, especially if you were stuck there ages before a film started…

      • Sean Connolly said,

        Yeah and it had those comfy cinema seats ya could sit in too. Jaysus cinema seats not in a cinema screen! Ahead of the crowd, those Omniplex folk…

  2. Paul Carroll said,

    This is probably the only time I wish I didn’t live in Dublin. Still, I suppose I can’t have everything. Lucky Limerick fans… well, 200 of them, anyway. I wish I was able to go. College the next day though. So even if I could get accomodation, I would miss a lecture or two trying to get back. Or maybe even the entire day…

    Enjoy it, whoever gets a chance to go! ^_^

  3. Jennifer Curtin said,

    My sister won TWO pairs of tickets ๐Ÿ˜€ cant wait for it!!!

  4. Grainne O'Keeffe said,

    Are all the tickets gone at this stage??
    I’d love to go! Work just beside the Omniplex. Will keep an eye out for the stars!!

  5. Hope Nelson said,

    Is there going to be a US Premiere?

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