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Friday 26 December 2014

Irish president cooks up a storm with fish dish for actor Martin Sheen

Actor Martin Sheen was cooked monkfish by President Michael D Higgins in the 'West Wing' of Aras an Uachtarain yesterday.

The fish lunch was in gratitude for the support the Hollywood star gave him during his presidential campaign last year.

"I was a big supporter of Michael and we saw him this afternoon. He came back from London and invited us to his house.

"He cooked. It was great. We had some wonderful fish -- I think it was monkfish," Mr Sheen told the Irish Independent.

But last night it was the Irish president who was lending his support, when he turned up to a special screening of Mr Sheen's latest film 'Stella Days' as part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.

Asked how he felt having the Hollywood actor on his side last year in the race for the Aras, President Higgins said: "I think, for my campaign, having good people with a moral sense on your side is always an advantage."

Directed by Thaddeus O'Sullivan, in 'Stella Days' Mr Sheen plays movie-loving priest Fr Daniel Barry, who dreams of bringing a big screen to his rural community of Borrisokane, Co Tipperary, in the mid-1950s.

It co-stars Stephen Rea and Amy Huberman.

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