Gene Roddenberry Anniversary

On October 24th 1991 the creator of Star Trek, the Great Bird of the Galaxy Gene Roddenberry left us.  It’s hard to imagine a world without Star Trek.  Although it’s obviously a fictional show, the impact it has had on so many lives is very real.

I remember where I was when I heard the news.  Astronomy Ireland had organised a weekend trip to Birr, Co. Offaly to visit the, at one time, the biggest telescope in the world, as well as have a space shuttle simulation and do some stargazing.


I believe it was the Friday night when we were stargazing that I heard Gene had passed the day before.  I’ll be honest, it didn’t affect me much at the time.  I was 14 and was more interested in trying to distinguish the differences between two, almost identical, blonde twin sisters, who both liked astronomy. It wasn’t until several years after that night that I began to appreciate how important Gene Roddenberry has been to my life.

I don’t think I would have been at that astronomy weekend if it wasn’t for Star Trek. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t gone on to become one of the many famous Star Trek fans who became an astronaut (Chris Hadfield) or a world renowned scientist (Stephen Hawking). I haven’t invented anything that could be easily described with some of Star Trek’s get-out-of-jail-free technobabble! I’m just a nameless redshirt who has survived with a Star Trek Encyclopedia in my breast pocket. But what do I share with Hadfield, Hawking, Asimov, Bill Gates or Bill Nye?: I LOVE Star Trek. It is part of me, entwined into my being like a tapestry (and I don’t want Q to allow me to change it either!). I believe Star Trek has inspired my healthy amateur love of astronomy but the main reason I am so grateful to Star Trek and it’s creator Gene Roddenberry, is the moral GPS system that it uploaded to my brain! The teenage years are so important in molding a person so I was very lucky to be guided by my parents, but with very special backup from Spock and Picard. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, if the A-Team are just too busy, don’t worry. Just ask yourself ‘what would Picard do?’.

Thank you Gene for bringing those fresh Star Trek snowflakes together and molding them in your hands 50 years ago.  That snowball has became a colossal boulder, as it continues to grow and touch so many as it roles into the future.

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Gene Roddenberry, with Majel-Barrett Roddenberry and a young Rod Roddenberry. Photo: Alan Berliner Studio.


Director Robert Wise, Gene, Shatner, Kelley,  Nimoy on TPM set. Photo: copyright Paramount Pics 1979


Gene and Marina Sirtis. Photo: Eddie Berganza.


Gene Roddenberry with Star Trek Producers Bob Justman, Rick Berman and the TNG Crew. Photo: Paramount Pics.


Star Trek 50th Anniversary Event Dublin


On September 8th 1966 the first episode of Star Trek aired.  This Sept 8th, we’re celebrating 50 years of Star Trek!

Star Trek Éire and the USS Cuchulain are teaming up to bring as many Irish Star Trek fans together for this special occasion as possible. We hope you can join us!

Our evening will consist of 3 of Star Trek’s most beloved episodes, a Star Trek quiz and raffle plus a ‘Quark’s’ style bar on the night.

Tickets Only €10   Online Tickets SOLD OUT!

Please fill out the form below to be added to the standby list. You will be contacted in advance if there is a ticket for you. Thank you.

Your ticket price includes finger food on the night and there is a gift of a Star Trek book to the first 40 tickets sold online!

Please get your tickets as early as possible so we can make this the best possible night!

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Thursday, 8 September 2016 from 19:00 to 23:30 (IST) Add to Calendar


Woolshed Baa & Grill – Parnell Street, Dublin – View Map


If you are coming form outside Dublin and need a place to stay we highly reccommend  just around the corner from the Woolshed you will find reasonable rates at The Maldron Hotel Parnell Square  Or you can cross the road to the slightly fancier Jury’s Inn on Parnell Street
Satr Trek 50th Party

Join us to celebrate 50 years of Star Trek at The Woolshed Dublin Parnell Street on Sept 8th Tickets only €10

Terms and Conditions

  1. This is an over 18s event.
  2. The event is in a safe and fun environment in a pub.  Although many seats are available a seat is not guaranteed.
  3. Doors open at 7pm, event starts at 8pm.
  4. Please print out your tickets to gain access to event, or display ticket on your phone.
  5. If you ordered an early bird ticket that includes a book, you must collect this book on entry.  The books available have been donated by Sinéad Doyle from her collection.
  6. We reserve the right to refuse admission.

Welcome to Star Trek Éire!

Star Trek Éire is a Star Trek group based in Ireland. Our aim is to bring the universe of Star Trek to new and old fans through events, screenings, our website, Facebook page and Twitter account.

Star Trek Eire is a not for profit group of Star Trek fans based in Ireland. We hope to meet other enthusiasts and revel in the greatness of the TV franchise from the original 1966 series all the way up to the current films. If you’re a diehard fan or someone who’s just seen the latest films and wants to know more, we’re the group for you. We’ll be posting and sharing news about all things Star Trek.

If you’re going with us to the Premiere of #StarTrekBeyond in the Savoy Dublin on July20th, please send your photos etc. to us at or to Facebook or Twitter!

Come with us on a journey of fun, discovery and friendship.


Ciarán, Gary, Ronan, & Shane.


Anton Yelchin, 1989 to 2016

With the tragic news on Sunday June 19th that Star Trek (2009) actor Anton Yelchin died at his home,  we take a look at the young actor’s career and place in Star Trek.

Being a fan of the reboot franchise or hating it, it would be hard to find a fan who didn’t like or disagree with Yelchin’s casting as the young  Pavel Chekov.  As we all know the role was originally played by the cute faced Walter Koenig in the original Star Trek series’ second season. Chekov was a character conceived to tap into the Davey Jones and Beatles fan base, to give girls and young men an idol or pop star looking character. This mostly worked and Chekov became a permanent member of the Star Trek crew.


Despite mixed reviews of JJ Abrams 2009 Reboot of Star Trek, Yelchin was the perfect choice to play Chekov. Yelchin was born in Leningrad in 1989 to parents, Irina Korina and Viktor Yelchin and migrated to the US months later under a refugee status.

Failing to take to Figure Skating (his parents’ careers ), Anton turned to acting at a very young age, starting out in  independent films in 2000. In 2002 he landed a role in a Spielberg produced miniseries Taken (2002). This role launched him quickly into television roles including Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000) and as a series regular on Huff (2004) alongside Hank Azaria .

In 2007 Yelchin landed a key role in the film Alpha Dog which launched his film career to a new level. It didn’t take long for him to find a role in 2009’s Star Trek as Chekov.

Yelchin had a unique look and growing up with Russian parents, the accent and language came to him very naturally. His young looks and boyish innocent face made him a perfect fit to play Chekov.  He played the character with a sense of awe and nervous energy. A depiction that was very fitting to a young cadet thrown onto the bridge for his genius and skill.

Yelchin excelled in his acting career, he could carry himself as a small innocent looking boy or be an unexpected hero springing into action. A great role that shows his ability was as the lead character in Odd Thomas in 2013. In this role, he shone as the vulnerable seer of death while balancing it with a hero out to fight the supernatural.

Yelchin took to music from a young age and showcased his passion in 2014’s Rudderless, alongside Billy Crudup in a story about friendship and a love of music. Yelchin was once part of a Punk band named “The Hammerheads”.


On June 19th 2016, Anton Yelchin Died aged 27 when a fault in his Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled into him and pinned him against a pillar in his own driveway. The accident was due to a fault in the car’s design, a model that was under recall. Yelchin was found by friends when he failed to show up to a film set on time. His death at only 27 continues the showbusiness curse and adds him to the infamous 27 Club, with members including James Dean, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain.

Yelchin can be seen this summer in Star Trek Beyond, in what is now his last appearance as Pavel Chekov. Two more completed films are in post production starring Yelchin- “Porto” and “Thoroughbred“- and are due to be released later this year and in 2017.

Tributes to Anton Yelchin have been posted on many social media outlets. Many by Star Trek fans including him in the line up of big Star Trek names who have died over the years.

Yelchin was described by many as a kind and fun loving person. He was friendly and loved by many. Karl Urban (Bones) posted on Twitter and Instagram his love for Yelchin saying:

Anton was such a beautiful , gentle soul . He sought out new life experience with an unabated passion . He was edgy , incredibly talented and beautifully knowledgeable. His smile was radiant and mischievous . Truly an old soul in a young man’s body . He was a loving son. My heart , thoughts and prayers are with Anton’s family. I’m devastated. Godspeed you gorgeous man .


Written by Shane Collier for Star Trek Eire

Sound Trek Episode 4: Star Trek Generations, First Contact and Nemesis

In the final episode of this season Eoin and Shane take a look at the themes form Star Trek First Contact and compare it to Star Trek Generations and Nemesis. The themes range in style and ability from operatic character motifs to simple reactionary melodies and a theme that’s mostly forgettable. The Good The Bad and The Ugly.

Eoin and Shane will return with more episodes later in the year as they expand their Sound Trek into further SciFi themes and explore many more galaxies.
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Sound Trek

Sound Trek Episode 4: Star Trek Generations, First Contact and Nemesis

In the final episode of this season Eoin and Shane take a look at the themes form Star Trek First Contact and compare it to Star Trek Generations and Nemesis. The themes range in style and ability from operatic character motifs to simple reactionary melodies and a theme that’s mostly forgettable. The Good The Bad and The Ugly.

Eoin and Shane will return with more episodes later in the year as they expand their Sound Trek into further SciFi themes and explore many more galaxies.
Join Star Trek Eire on Facebook

or on Twitter

You can also follow Shane on Twitter @PhotoShanec and Eoin @eoinsc.

Sound Trek Episode 3: The Harmonic Frontier

In the latest episode of Sound Trek, Musician Eoin and Trekkie Shane go on a journey of the harmonic differences and similarities between the Star Trek Movie Themes. Starting with “The Wrath of Kahn” , “The Search For Spock”, “The Voyage Home” and fianlly “The Undiscovered Country”.


Sound Trek episode 2 part 2: DS9 and Voyager Theme Tunes

Part 2 of episode 2 where Eoin explains the relationship between the Star Trek TV Theme Tunes. In part one Eoin and Shane explored The Next Generation Theme by Jerry Goldsmith. In this episode they dive into Deep Space 9 and Dennis McCarthy’s Theme and how Goldsmith then returned for Star Trek Voyager.


Sound Trek Episode 2 Part 1: The Next Generation Theme by Jerry Goldsmith.

In Episode 2 of “Sound Trek” Shane and Eoin continue their journey through the music of Star Trek. This week Eoin explores the “Star Trek The Next Generation” Theme by Jerry Goldsmith and how it evolved from the TOS theme, its ability to be less timeless while still creating a sense of weightlessness, adventure and fun. In part two of this episode Eoin will explain how this theme relates to Deep Space 9 and Voyager.


Sound Trek Episode 1 The Original Series Theme By Alexander Courage

Star Trek Eire’s new podcast “Sound Trek” follows Shane as he explores the universe of Star Trek’s music with Eoin. In this episode Eoin explains the origins of Alexander Courage’s Original Series theme, the jazz influence, and how sci-fi composers use quartal chords and whole tone scales to evoke zero-gravity and create a feeling of space and adventure. Star Trek The Original Series Theme.

Star Trek 2017 Series Rumours

As we all wait patiently for news on Star Trek 2017 all we can do is speculate. We now know who the main writers are going to be. We welcome Star Trek alumni Bryan Fuller as a show runner and Nicholas Meyer from the Star Trek films to the writers room. So far though we’ve been given only rumours and hints at what this new series will be, when and where it will be set.

Which Universe?

The consensus seems to be that this new series will be set in the prime universe. There are several reasons to believe this. As we’ve mentioned in previous articles it’s very unlikely to be set in the JJ Abrams reboot universe for legal reasons. Paramount own the movie rights to Star Trek and CBS retain the Television rights. This means that even if they wanted to make a series set in the new timeline they would have to make a deal with Paramount. A deal that wouldn’t be in CBS’s financial interest. This is a good thing as it means CBS are in a position to realistically do two things. Set ST17 in the original canon universe or create their own new, new timeline. Creating another new timeline makes absolutely no sense as they should know that they have already alienated millions of fans with the reboots. For the money it makes sense to stick to the canon universe.


Prime Universe All The Way


When is it set?

There have been many rumours lately suggesting that ST17 will be set in and around  2293 in the Star Trek timeline. Just to give you an idea that’s the year Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and the prologue of Star Trek Generations are set.  69 years before the first episode of Star Trek the Next Generation, which is 2364. The reason for this speculation comes from a Nicholas Meyer interview with Den Of Geek in which he mentions Brian Fuller seeing Star Trek VI as a jumping off point. This could mean a variety of things. Fuller could simply mean this tonally. The sense of adventure and the slightly darker Star Trek, less glossy and shinny as TNG or Voyager.

Uss Enterprise B

The Star Trek 2017 Crew?

It would however be a great time period to set the series in as it’s a mostly unexplored era and would knit the gap between the adventures of the original Enterprise’s crew and the Next Generation. The Undiscovered Country sets up a very interesting universe. Peace with the Klingon Empire has just been signed. A peace treaty like this has ramifications throughout the whole of the Federation and Klingon Empire. It could make the Empire look weak to it’s enemies and  as some of you may know that Klingon Empire is a massive sector of space made up of many worlds and many species not just Klingons. This could create problems with colonies and occupied worlds and many conflicts of interest, rogue Klingon Generals and Captains who don’t agree with peace stirring up trouble. It is an interesting landscape to set a series in and to create situations that could bring back the social commentary and heart of Star Trek. Plus those burgundy red uniforms and the ship designs and technology of this period are awesome.

There is one problem here however. It means that to keep it canon the show can’t be set on an Enterprise as we’ve had glimpses of the Enterprise B and their crew in Star Trek Generations and the Enterprise C in The Next Generation episode “Yesterdays Enterprise“. This means the writers will have to be true to canon events of the time period and set the show on a different ship. We could simply get the continued adventures of the Enterprise B with a now experienced Captain John Harriman played by Alan Ruck. This is a large 69 year time period for the writers to play with which leaves plenty of room to create new and interesting stories without repeating what has come before.


USS Enterprise C

Modern Formats.

Ever since it was announced that we would be getting a new Star Trek Series in 2017, everyone has suggested that Star Trek will move to a more modern television format. For one, CBS are using it as their flag pole for their All Access on demand subscription service. Most likely we will not be getting 26 stand alone episodes with the odd two parter like the last few incarnations. It’s been heavily speculated that we’ll more likely get the Netflix format, 10-13 episodes that tie in together and follow one main story like a broken up long film. However a new rumour has hit the internet this week which suggests that Star Trek 2017 will have each season as a standalone anthology. Not unlike “Fargo” or “American Horror Story”. This would mean each season would have a new ship and a new crew or at least a new setting and each season could potentially jump to various timelines. This is a good thing and a bad thing. It opens the show up to be set in any timeline from First Contact all the way up to life after the Dominion War and the return of Voyager. The negative side is that audiences will find a ship and crew they love only to never see them again except maybe in a cameo. This latest rumour came from who don’t sight their sources but claim to have inside information.

What would be your ideal setting for Star Trek 2017?

All we can do now is wait and hope that no matter what timeline the series is set in that it truly is Star Trek in feel and setting. That the characters are interesting and the stories are compelling and make you think in a way only Star Trek can. Here’s to real Sci-Fi and less nonsensical action. To adventure and hope and a strive for human evolution and progress. Here’s to Star Trek may it live long and prosper.

January 2017 is the expected release date for the new series.