Last week we celebrated the Emerald Isle and all the wonderful things that have come from it. Whether you’re looking for something fun to watch with the family, want some insights into Ireland’s tumultuous past, or are curious about what modern Ireland is all about, we’ve got the perfect list for you. Feel like we’re missing something? Let us know in the comments!
Once: A guy lives in Dublin. He is a guitarist/singer-songwriter who makes a living by fixing vacuum cleaners in his Dad’s Hoover repair shop by day. By night, he sings and plays for money on the Dublin streets. A girl from Czechoslovakia loves to play the piano when she gets a chance. During the day she does odd jobs. At night she takes care of her mom and her daughter. Guy meets girl, and they get to know each other. Girl helps guy put together a demo disc so he can take it to London in hope of landing a music contract. At the same time, the Guy and the Girl work through their past loves, and reveal their budding love for one another, through their songs.
The Quiet Man: An American prizefighter returns to Ireland in order to forget the past and live peacefully in his village birthplace. He falls in love with the hot-tempered sister of a belligerent neighbor, and trouble ensues over the payment of her dowry.
Darby O’Gill and the Little People: A frisky old storyteller named Darby O’Gill is desperately seeking the proverbial pot of gold. There’s just one tiny thing standing in his way–a 21-inch leprechaun named King Brian
Song of the Sea: When Saoirse and Ben’s mother mysteriously disappears into the ocean, the two children go on an epic journey to find out the truth about her, and in the process, discover mystical secrets about both their mother and Saoirse herself, The film takes inspiration from the mythological Selkies of Irish folklore, who live as seals in the sea but become humans on land.
The Secret of Kells: In a remote medieval outpost of Ireland, young Brendan embarks on a new life of adventure when a celebrated master illuminator arrives from foreign lands carrying a book brimming with secret wisdom and powers. To help complete the magical book, Brendan has to overcome his deepest fears on a dangerous quest that takes him into the enchanted forest where mythical creatures hide.
The Field: The field is a plot of land in rural Ireland, rented and tended by an old man. When the owner sells the land to an American developer the old man decides to fight the change, regardless of the cost.
The Matchmaker: A romantic comedy about a young girl in a remote Irish town during its annual matchmaking festival who meets a man even more cynical than herself.
P.S. I Love You: A young widow finds messages left by her late husband to help her start a new life.
The Wind that Shakes the Barley: Set in 1920s Ireland, this film follows two brothers who join guerrilla squads fighting British soldiers for Ireland’s independence.
Waking Ned Devine: After Ned Devine dies from shock when he wins the lottery, his two friends decide he would have wanted them to benefit from his good luck. They concoct an outrageous scheme to claim the ticket and the prize money that goes with it.