We asked an Irish writer to chose some of the greatest Irish movies that deserve to be celebrated (and watched). Here are a few of her favourites to watch on St. Patrick’s Day.
Us Irish are a fairly sound bunch most of the time, but there are a few things that get on our nerves – people who have never been to Ireland giving you a history lesson about the Famine is one, and doing terrible Irish accents is another (no native of the island has ever said “top of the morning to you” and no one ever will).
The latter became a hot topic a few months back when the trailer for Wild Mountain Thyme was released, with all of the cast doing a disservice to the nuanced accents of our land. The movie adds to the growing list of terrible Oirish films that butchered the medium and the accent (Far and Away, P.S I Love You, Leap Year…)
It’s a shame that tripe like Wild Mountain Thyme gets so much attention because really for a small island we’ve actually produced some cinematic crackers. So to right the wrongs of all the bad Irish movies, I’ve chosen some of my favourites for you to enjoy on St Patrick’s Day, or any day for that matter.
Oh, and a note to Hollywood: stop making all this terrible paddywhackery ‘faith and begoorah’ nonsense or we will unleash our deadliest weapon…we will send you Jedward.
My Left Foot
The Wind That Shakes The Barley