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Irish movies to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

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Posted: Sunday, March 12, 2017 8:00 am

A Friday night out partying is fun, but if you’d rather spend a quiet night in, you don’t have to miss out on the fun. Here are a few fun movies that capture the St. Paddy’s Day spirit:

‘Song of the Sea’ and ‘The Secret of Kells’ (family-friendly)

In “Song of the Sea,” Ben, the son of a lighthouse keeper, and his silent sister Saoirse are sent to live with their grandmother in the city. This sets off a chain of events that leads the pair on an adventure through Irish folklore. In “The Secret of Kells,” Brendan, a young boy living with his uncle at the Abbey of Kells, meets Brother Aidan, who is working on the Book of Kells containing the four Gospels. Brendan, Brother Aidan, a fairy named Aisling and the cat Pangur Bon must finish the book and save it from Viking raiders. Both are directed by Tomm Moore and animated by Cartoon Saloon, with gorgeous artwork and haunting music.

‘Waking Ned Devine’ (comedy)

Jackie O’Shea and Michael O’Sullivan learn that someone in their village of 52 has won the lottery. They discover it was Ned Devine, but find out he’s passed away. They decide to claim the winnings anyway, and the villagers are caught up in the scheme when a lottery inspector comes to investigate.

‘Once’ (romance)

A part-time vacuum repairman, part-time street musician in Dublin meets a Czech flower seller by chance. The flower seller confesses that she’s also a musician, and the two decide to write a song together. The pair begin working on several songs, and spend some time in a recording studio. But as they begin to have feelings for each other, there are obstacles in their path. The movie’s signature song “Falling Slowly” won an Academy Award.

‘The Irish Pub’ (documentary)

The documentary about the delights of Irish pubs visits a colorful variety of Irish institutions. Some are plain pubs, while others are general stores and one is even run by the town’s undertaker. From big cities to small villages, filmmaker Alex Fegan shares the roots and daily life of several pubs.

‘Sing Street’ (musical comedy-drama)

When Conor’s father pulls him out of a fee-paying school to go to the state-run one, Conor runs into problems with a bully and the school administration. He meets Darren, and the two begin a band ... mostly to impress a pretty girl at the school. As Conor — soon renamed “Cosmo” — faces increasing stress at home, the band becomes an outlet for the boys and even helps them to find common ground with Barry the bully.

‘The Wind That Shakes the Barley’ (historical)

In 1920, Dr. Damien O’Donovan is set to move to London and working in a hospital when brutality by the British Black and Tans convinces him to stay in Ireland and join his brother Teddy’s Irish Republican Army brigade instead. The film follows the brothers through the battle for Irish independence, and their split over the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921.

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