Local street is reeling back the years for film

BROUGHTON Street is one of the oldest in Dundalk but last week it looked a bit older than usual as it was transported back to the ‘Seventies to accommodate filming for a forthcoming movie.

BROUGHTON Street is one of the oldest in Dundalk but last week it looked a bit older than usual as it was transported back to the ‘Seventies to accommodate filming for a forthcoming movie.

The street, located just off St Mary’s Road, was transformed over the course of three days as part of filming for ‘Good Vibrations’ – a film on the life of Terri Hooley, the Belfast punk godfather who ran the Good Vibrations record shop and label which unearthed a number of major bands including The Undertones.

Hollywood actor Michael Fassbender has been cast as Hooley in the film and he and a number of other star names were in the area last week for the shoot.

Speaking about the experience, Margaret McCann – whose mum Teresa Kerley has lived in Broughton Street for over 50 years – said it was “great craic” for everyone in the area.

“It was just great,” she said.

“All the neighbours were out watching the filming taking place and we were able to watch it then on screen.

“It was good to see it all happening and the place was really abuzz for the three days they were there.

“We all just can’t wait to see the film now. It will be interesting to see how the street looks.”

Broughton Street and other local areas including Mountpleasant Hall were used for the filming because of their similarity with areas of Belfast.

Old cars were parked along the street for the filming and while it led to a certain disruption for residents, Margaret insisted no one was complaining.

“The street was just like it was back in the ‘70s and it was good to see it.

“We had to park on St Mary’s Road for a few days but the security were very good and very accommodating. We got to meet all the actors and we were all standing across the road while the scenes were being filmed.

“It’s unbelievable the amount of people it takes to make a film.

“When they were finished here they moved up to Priorland and I think they were going to other areas of the town as well. It’s great for Dundalk all over,” she said.

The Good Vibrations crew have been in the Spirit Store also in recent days.