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Home is the Hero

J. Fielder Cook , 83 minutes, 1959

Adapted from Walter Macken’s stage play of the same name, Home is the Hero is a dark, brooding family drama that tells the tale of Paddo O’Reilly (Walter Macken), who returns to his home after serving five years in prison…

In the Name of the Father

Jim Sheridan, 133 minutes, 1993

Drawn from real-life individuals and events, In the Name of the Father continued Sheridan’s collaborations with Daniel Day-Lewis in this re-enactment of the miscarriage of justice that led to the Guildford Four being wrongly imprisoned for the pub bombings of…

Into the West

Mike Newell, 97 minutes, 1992

Simplicity proves the greatest charm in this magical tale of two boys and the white horse they ride across Ireland. To help comfort them as father Papa Reilly (Gabriel Byrne) drinks himself into a stupor after the death of his…

Irish Destiny

George Dewhurst, 78 minutes, 1926

The first feature to depict the Irish War of Independence, Irish Destiny plays out a romance between an IRA member and his lover against a backdrop of intrigue and violence. Leaving his beloved Moira (Frances MacNamara) behind, Denis O’Hara (Paddy…

The Making of the Rocky Road to Dublin

Paul Duane, 30 minutes, 2004

Made as companion piece for Rocky Road to Dublin during its revival in the 2000s, The Making of Rocky Road to Dublin describes the journey of Lennon’s iconoclastic documentary from its creation and initial life on the screen to its…

Man of Aran

Robert J. Flaherty, 76 minutes, 1934

Robert Flaherty’s seminal documentary, Man of Aran today remains one of the most important cinematic depictions of western Ireland. Initially arriving for an overnight stay, Flaherty eventually spent over two years among the native community of the Aran Islands, which…

Michael Collins

Neil Jordan, 132 minutes, 1996

An icon of Irish history, Michael Collins’ (Liam Neeson) life as a revolutionary becomes cinema in Neil Jordan’s historical epic. Retrenching after the failure of the 1916 Rising, Michael Collins sees its hero develop an army of street assassins whose…

Mise Éire

George Morrison, 88 minutes, 1959

Produced by the pioneering Irish language filmmakers Gael Linn, Mise Éire, draws almost exclusively on contemporaneous newspapers, newsreels and actuality footage from the early years of Ireland’s revolutionary period to present a history of that turbulence. The era under director…

My Left Foot

Jim Sheridan, 103 minutes, 1989

His first film as director, My Left Foot launched Jim Sheridan’s international career and launched Irish cinema onto the world stage with My Left Foot earning Academy Award victories for Daniel Day-Lewis as Christy Brown and Brenda Fricker as Mrs Brown. The film also…

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