Did anyone see this seasons festive, feel-good film release: “A Christmas Star”?
The film made by young people mentored by industry professionals is Northern Ireland’s first locally made Christmas movie and features a cast of new, young Irish actors together with stars such as Liam Neeson, Pierce Brosnan, Kylie Minogue and Downton Abbey’s Robert James Collier.
The movie centres around a young girl named Noelle, who when born in dramatic circumstances under a Christmas star, believes she has the ability to perform miracles. The story unfolds when she teams up with a group of local kids, who take on a developer trying to demolish their coastal village.
If you were one of the many McAuley / MacAulays who attended the successful 2011 Carnlough Clan Gathering, you will recognise many of the outdoor locations, as the movie was filmed in the neighbouring Antrim Coast Road villages of Glenarm and Carnlough. The pub scene takes place in the bar of the Londonderry Arms Hotel (see below) where we had our opening welcome folk night.
Glenarm Castle also features heavily, whose gardens we visited on our Saturday afternoon jaunt.
‘Carnlough 2011’ was the largest International Clan MacAulay Gathering to date (see photo below showing some of the many MacAulay / McAuleys etc before the Clan banquet at Carnlough harbour).
Thoughts now turn to 2017, when the International Gathering shall again return to Northern Ireland to the County Antrim historic coastal town of Carrickfergus. Already there has been huge interest from MacAulays worldwide for the event, number interest that has exceeded all expectations…we invite MacAulay/McAuleys (of every spelling) to join us…will you be there?