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Happy ending

The biggest Star Wars fan in Ireland was finally offered a ticket for the premiere tonight

And he’s absolutely delighted.

MATTHEW O’BRIEN MIGHT just be Ireland’s biggest Star Wars fan.

Last month, RTÉ even made a documentary about how much he loves it. We then saw his reaction watching the trailer for the first time:


It was an emotional moment.

And it turns out that Disney had also taken notice of Matthew’s extreme love for Star Wars – because they got in touch and offered him two tickets to tonight’s premiere in Dublin.

Speaking to, Matthew tells the story of how it came about:

Disney gave me a phone call to tell me they had two tickets for the premiere. They gave me an email to a special site to enter my details. They then sent them out to me in hard copy and they were Star Wars-themed. They looked so good I was tempted to frame them.

He’s pretty happy he was offered the chance to go along tonight:

I can’t wait for it. Nervous would be the best way to describe it though. I was there back in 1999 for the premiere of the reboot and it was massively disappointing – like, you don’t want them fecking up Harrison Ford’s character this time around. But I have faith it will be great – they have their heart in the right place.

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Matthew has been avoiding spoilers all week in anticipation of his big night. But it’s one he will share with loads of others:

It’s a big night for the Star Wars community in Ireland. At the premiere there will be people I have interviewed for podcasts as well as friends and family.

With Dublin’s Spire turning into a lightsaber last night, the country seems to be embracing the Star Wars mania – and Matthew is delighted:

I was so proud that Ireland did that, it’s such a great thing. And with Domhnall Gleeson starring it’s an added Irish angle. I love his look in it too – he does us proud in every way.

Enjoy the night, Matthew. It’s going to be some experience.

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