About Stella Days: The Book That Inspired The Motion Picture

bookcoverStella Days 1957-1967: The Life and Times of a Rural Irish Cinema is a book written by Michael Doorley.

It is an evocative publication about growing up with the local ‘Stella’ cinema in Borrisokane, Co. Tipperary. It’s setting, in the late 1950′s during an economic depression mirrors our situation in Ireland today. It also reflects the key role of the arts during difficult times as the story centres around the building of a cinema in a small town community.


I retired to bed with it one night and did not put it down until I’d reached the last page – a good sign, surely, of any piece of writing. I don’t know Borrisokane, in North Tipperary’s ‘Lake District’, except to pass through, but that doesn’t matter for the reader. Anyone who grew up in any small town with its cinema and local characters will immediately identify with Michael Doorley’s lovingly remembered world, just as you can identify with and be deeply moved by the wonderful Italian film Cinema Paradiso.

Michael Coady, The Clonmel Nationalist


A drawing of Borrisokane Main Street by the artist Maurice DeCogan.

If you have any interest in the magic of small town cinema then I guarantee you that you’ll love¬†Stella Days.