Thursday 23 November 2017

'80s' Wall of Death back for exhibition

IT'S motorcycle Wall of Death made Irish 1980s' film Eat the Peach famous, now the centrepiece of the cult classic is back in Dublin this weekend.

The deathly wooden structure has been resurrected at the Rua Red Arts Centre in Tallaght by motor show company Messham's as part of an art exhibition by Glasgow artist Steven Skrynka based on the terrifying stunt (inset).

The 1987 film might have been a work of fiction, but it was based on the real-life story of Longford brothers-in-law Connie Kiernan and Michael Donoghue who built their own wall of death in their rural hometown of Granard.

One of the original stunt riders from the film, 64-year-old Tommy Messham, will put on live shows every hour from 12pm to 7pm today and tomorrow.

The two men who inspired the movie are now in their seventies. Connie said seeing the wall on Irish shores brings back good memories.

"It's great to see it again, to walk around it and get the smell of it. It brings back a lot of memories, a lot of good memories," he told the Herald.

"We haven't been on the bikes in a long time, over twenty years.

"I couldn't believe it when I heard the exhibition was going to be held and that there's still the interest in it. It just brought it all back again. It's great to see."

For information about tickets visit www.ruared.ie.


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