MAIRTIN BYRNES

Mairtin Byrnes. Every hear of him? Well, truth be told I had not, that is until my publisher forwarded an e-mail to me from a gentleman across the pond named Lamond Gillespie. He had requested information about Lee Marvin’s whereabouts during a certain period of time and wanted to know if I could help. Further proof that the influence of Lee Marvin Point Blank knows no bounds. So, in July, 2020, I responded to Mr. Gillespie’s request with what little info I could provide. The result was a series of e-mails between us that culminated recently with a pleasant surprise. I’ve now become a fan of Mr. Byrnes’ music & legacy. Thank you again, Lee Marvin, as your influence works in mysterious ways. As to the correspondence, it played out chronologically below from July 2020 to just last week….
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Hello Lamond,
I’m writing in response to the e-mail message my publisher forwarded to me in your request for info regarding Lee Marvin. Thank you for thinking of me but unfortunately, I really don’t have any information regarding Marvin being a drinking buddy of Mairtin Byrnes or Garech De Brun. I can tell you that in the late 1970s Marvin was in Ireland to film some scenes in a castle for Sam Fuller’s The Big Red One. In which case, it is entirely possible that he hoisted a few in the pubs of Dublin with Mr. Byrnes. Marvin was not all that particular with whom he drank with. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help and thank you for thinking of me. All the best,
Dwayne Epstein
Author of the award-winning N.Y. Times bestseller
LEE MARVIN POINT BLANK
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Hello Dwayne
Thanks very much for getting back to me. Very grateful to know about his trip to Ireland in the late 70s. All the very best
Lamond
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My pleasure, Lamond. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. I can tell you the scenes filmed in Ireland were not in the final version of the original release but were later restored by film critic and historian Richard Schickel, along with several other scenes. If you see the restored version (which is very much available), the scenes in Ireland were the ones that take place in the castle with the sniper. Hope that helps. All the best,
Dwayne
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Hello Dwayne
Have just realised that I hadn’t replied to your last message. Very sorry about this and thanks very much for the further information. All the very best
Lamond
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Not a problem, Lamond. Again, sorry I couldn’t be of more help. Curious, have you read my book?
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I am in fact reading it at the minute. Incidently since sending the last email found a picture of Lee Marvin and Sam Fuller in it visiting John Boorman in Ireland during the filming of the Big Red One. Have also ordered a copy of the extended film which I haven’t seen in any form before. John Boorman lived very close to and was friendly with Garech de Brun which opens up a possible connection with Mairtin Byrnes so your information has been very helpful.
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I’m pretty sure I know which picture you’re referring to as I used it in my book with permission from Sam Fuller’s widow, Christa. Matter of fact, I posted the color version on my blog a while back….
https://pointblankbook.com/john-boorman-sam-fuller-lee-marvin/
Don’t know what format you’re reading my book in but it should be in there in the photo section. Glad to know my info helped, too.
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On Wednesday, 15 June 2022, Lamond Gillespie wrote:
Hello Dwayne
Was wanting to let you know about a photo of Lee Marvin and Máirtín Byrnes together in a BBC documentary about John Boorman made by Boorman’s daughter. Hopefully I have managed to attach it. Thanks very much again for your help. I have since finished producing a CD of Máirtín Byrnes’s music in which I have credited you. If you let me know where to send it will send a copy. Thanks very much again. All the very best
Lamond

(L-R) Irish music legend Mairtin Byrnes fiddles for Lee Marvin in the late 70s.

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Good to hear from you and very glad to hear about the CD you produced. If you are willing to send it to me as you mentioned, I’ll send you my address. By the way, the photo you sent is a great one. Would you mind if I use it for my blog? Let me know and thanks again. All the best,
Dwayne
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Hello Dwayne
You are very welcome to use the photo in your blog, that would be fantastic. Will try and get the CD in the post tomorrow. Thanks very much again. All the best
Lamond
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Thank you very much, Lamond. That is extremely thoughtful and generous of you. I will look forward to receiving the CD as I did a Google search and discovered you are quite renowned in your field. Kudos to you, my friend. All the best,
Dwayne
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My recent 2-disc set acquisition thanks to the auspices of historian/producer Lamond Gillespie.

 

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