Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with these Brilliant Books and Movies
There’s a lot of good things to have come out of Northern and the Rebuplic of Ireland over the years, not least are Jamie Dornan, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Robert Sheehan . . .oops all men! Oh well! Seriously though, some of the greatest book to movie adaptations have come from the Emerald Isle although, St. Patricks Day – An Irish Legend pictured left is probably not to be counted amongst them. Seriously, give it a miss, trust us. However, here are some of our favourites. So pour yourself a Guiness, Murphy’s or whatever is your preferred tipple is and enjoy.
The Secret of Roan Inish
10-year-old Fiona is sent to live with her grandparents in a small fishing village in Donegal, Ireland. She soon learns the local legend that an ancestor of hers married a Selkie – a seal who can turn into a human. Years earlier, her baby brother washed out to sea in a cradle shaped like a boat; someone in the family believes the boy is being raised by the seals. Then Fiona catches sight of a naked little boy on the abandoned Isle of Roan Inish and takes an active role in uncovering The Secret of Roan Inish.
The Circle of Friends
‘Circle Of Friends’ is set in 1950’s Ireland. The movie focuses on Benny Hogan and her best friend, Eve Malone. The story centers around Benny and Eve as they enter student life at University College, Dublin. Here Benny and Eve reunite with their childhood friend, the ice-cool Nan Mahon, the ‘college belle’. They also encounter the handsome and charming Jack Foley, whom Benny quickly falls for.
Not such a happy one but good none the less is Angela’s Ashes
Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela’s Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film opens with the family in Brooklyn, but following the death of one of Frankie’s siblings, they return home, only to find the situation there even worse. Prejudice against Frankie’s Northern Irish father makes his search for employment in the Republic difficult despite his having fought for the IRA, and when he does find money, he spends the money on drink.
..and also not so happy cheery but equally as brilliant, The Crying Game
A British soldier is kidnapped by IRA terrorists. He befriends one of his captors, who is drawn into the soldier’s world.
Enough of that deep dark stuff and on to something a little lighthearted, the rom-com Leap Year
Anna Brady plans to travel to Dublin, Ireland to propose marriage to her boyfriend Jeremy on Leap Day, because, according to Irish tradition, a man who receives a marriage proposal on a leap day must accept it.
The tear jerker, P.S. I Love You is always good for a 10 hankie couple of hours
A young widow discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life.
And finally, what about Darby O’Gill and the Little People
Disney’s live-action movie about an elderly man and his interactions with leprechauns is meant for kids, but the use of other Irish folkloric figures, like banshees, is actually pretty terrifying. Fun fact: it stars a young Sean Connery. You can watch the entire movie below!