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What is the top Irish movie of all time?
That is what Jameson whiskey in conjunction with 'The Dubliner' magazine asked 10,000 people in a July 2005 poll. Throughout these pages we have marked the top ten at the top of each and its ranking.


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Ulysses movie

One of the great works of literature of this century - it is also a difficult novel to read. Another way of accessing the novel is by watching director Strick's excellent film tribute. While it would not be possible to get the whole massive work into a couple of hours film it's an excellent introduction. Edited amazon review
Click here for Ulysses.

Top Irish Movie #3


In The Name of The Father

In the Name of the Father is based on a true story and is at times grueling and never less than compelling, with a complex performance by Day-Lewis and a strong one by Emma Thompson as the lawyer who finally cracks through the British obstructions to the truth. Marshall Fine
Click here for Name of the Father

Top Irish Movie #6


Michael Collins

In honor of the recent anniversary of his assassination, we bring to your attention a movie that has been applauded for its accuracy and attention to detail. As one reviewer puts it: "This is a downright good film about a brave and passionate Irishman who loves his country and independence and will fight for them until death."
Click here for Michael Collins

Top Irish Movie #7

A hard-hitting drama about one man's obsession with a plot of land that his family has tended for generations. What makes the film worthwhile is the Oscar-nominated performance by Richard Harris as "Bull" McCabe, the fiercely stubborn man who's nurtured a prime field of rented land for decades, only to lose it when the owner auctions the land to an unwelcome American (Tom Berenger). Rather than sacrifice his life's work to this brazen invader, McCabe wages a personal war with powerfully tragic results. Amazon review
Click here for The Field.


Bloom movie

One of 20th-century literature's most acclaimed and daunting works-James Joyce's "Ulysses"-is brought to the screen by first-time director Sean Walsh. Stephen Rea is Dublin resident Leopold Bloom, for whom the 16th of June, 1904 becomes a modern-day odyssey as he wanders the city streets, befriends would-be poet Stephen Dedalus (Hugh O'Conor), and deals with wife Molly's (Angeline Ball) infidelity
Click here for Bloom.

Top Irish Movie #9


Veronica Guerin

This was definitely one of the best films I've seen in 2003. Cate Blanchett was amazing, and the story was incredibly compelling. I give it four stars instead of five because I always prefer surprise endings - here you know what happens at the end...Great movie, though! (amazon review)
Ireland's top-grossing film of 2003.
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We took our time before we watched this one. When we finally did we were amazed. Russ was familiar with the history behind it but not this violent detail. It is excellent but don't let your kids watch it - much too violently graphic. Daniel Day-Lewis is superb as the ultimate villain. Its hard to realise he's the same man who starred in My Left Foot and The Last of the Mohicans
Click here for Gangs of NY.


Dancing at Lunasa

Set in 1936 rural Ireland, this bittersweet tale examines the emotional lives of the five unmarried Mundy sisters. In their mutual care is 8-year-old Michael, the illegitimate son of the youngest sister. A voice-over from the adult Michael recalls that significant summer, in the month of August and during the feast of Lughnasa, when the townfolk dance around a fire to Lugh, the ancient god of light. Filled with ironic and haunting meaning, the film is directed by Pat O'Connor (Circle of Friends), the music is beautiful, the cinematography is gorgeous, the performances are excellent - and that last scene is unforgettable.
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Top Irish Movie #10

On meeting Michael, Rory decides that they must change their lives and so concocts a plan to beat the system. Escaping Carrigmore Home for the Disabled, the duo hire Siobhan to take care of their every need. Her arrival, however, brings with it emotions that Rory and Michael have never experienced. James McAvoy captures the zest for life and extreme frustration. The film gives a great insight into disability and is accurately portrayed. It does not go for the sympathy vote, but shows two steely individuals fighting for their rights.
Click here for Inside I'm Dancing.


The Informer
by Liam O'Flaherty

The Informer which was published in 1924, was later made into a movie by his famous cousin, John Ford. It's likely that if you know of no other works by Liam O'Flaherty, you would have heard of this one - such is the influence of Hollywood.
See our Article on O'Flaherty
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The Brylcream Boys

Based on the true story of what happens in a World War II POW camp in the neutral Republic of Ireland , we bought this movie in a frenzy of collecting just about anything that featured Gabriel Byrne. We weren't disappointed. But the credit doesn't belong to one of our favorite Irish actors. He's good, but so is the rest of the cast, including a brilliant performance from Jean Butler of Riverdance. Imagine... USAF and RAF pilots housed next to Germans - in Ireland.
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Filmed on the Dingle Peninsula, this stirringly dramatic story takes place during World War I. Rosy Ryan (Sarah Miles) sets her cap for the local school master (Robert Mitchum). They marry, but her life is not what she'd hoped for. Then, a shell-shocked British officer enters the picture. The incredible scenery becomes the ironic backdrop for a brutal drama that plays out to an almost inevitable conclusion. Worth seeing? Definitely - if only for the cinematography. But, Ryan's Daughter also offers an often painful glimpse of how Ireland once was.
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Sun, Nov 23, 2014


O’Sullivan’s Cascade, Killarney

According to legend the waterfall once ran with whiskey. The Chieftain of the Fianna, Fionn MacCumhal, resided above the Cascade on Tomies Mountain. It was here that he kept his personal supply of the finest uisgebeatha. O'Sullivan of Tomies was lucky enough to share this delightful drop, being the only man bold enough to stand up to Fionn. Sadly, when the Sassenagh invaded Ireland, O'Sullivan's Cascade changed into water.
Photo credit: Synergise


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Can't Find it?!

Our Library is compiled from what we know and like. If you can't find what you're looking for read on.
• First: go to Amazon -
There's no escaping the fact that they are the largest catalog.
Note: There are multiple Amazons and they do not carry exactly the same items. Any one of the U.S., U.K. and Canada sites may not have the item but another Amazon will. Each site will ship anywhere in the world. Try them all before you give up.
Click here for Amazon.US.
Click here for Amazon.UK.
Click here for Amazon.Canada.
• Second: Amazon doesn't have it? Alright, try ALibris they are the place for 'books you never thought you'd find'. They now carry videos. The prices vary, since they are offered from various sources.
Click here for ALibris.
• Last: Nothing Worked?
E-Mail us, we'll give it a go. Click for Russ & Bridget.


 

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