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The luck of the Irish! 5 movies to stream in celebration of St Patrick’s Day

From rom-coms to Academy Award-winning dramas.

Ready to get in the spirit of St Patrick’s Day? Then grab the popcorn and pour yourself some Guinness because it is time for a streaming movie marathon!

Whether you plan to head out for some early celebrations and then switch over to a movie at night, we have five amazing films to help you celebrate.

From family to rom-coms to Oscar Award-winning movies, here are five must-watch Irish films to get you into the spirit!

Riverdance: The Animated Adventure (2021)

Where to watch: Netflix Type: Family movie/cartoon

Ah, Riverdance, that mesmerising display of synchrony, rhythm, and fancy footwork has leapt its way from the stage to the screen in this delightful Netflix 2021 animated feature.

The film follows a young Irish boy named Keegan (Sam Hardy), who’s been at a heart loss after his grandfather (Pierce Brosnan) – a well-known dancer – had passed away.

He and his Spanish friend Moya (Hannah Herman) go on a journey to a magical world to learn about Riverdance and the dangers of the Huntsman.

Leap Year (2010)

Where to watch: Prime Video Type: Rom com

Leap Year is an enchanting romantic comedy that catapults us on a whimsical journey through the lush Irish countryside, where the clashing worlds of our determined heroine and her cynical local guide spin a tantalising tale of love and perseverance.

When Anna’s (Amy Adams) four-year anniversary to her boyfriend passes without an engagement ring, she decides to take matters into her own hands. Inspired by an Irish tradition that allows women to propose to men on Leap Day, Anna follows Jeremy (Adam Scott) to Dublin to propose to him.

But after landing on the wrong side of Ireland, she must enlist the help of the handsome and carefree local Declan (Matthew Goode) to get her across the country. Along the way, they discover that the road to love can take you to very unexpected places.

Sing Street (2016)

Where to watch: Stan and Prime Video Type: Coming of age/musical drama

Set in 1980s Dublin — the era of synth beats, tight jeans, and the infectious allure of rebellion — the vibrant landscape is home to Sing Street, an inspiring tale of young love.

The film is about a boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s who escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes.

With the recession hitting people hard in Dublin, 14-year-old Conor’s (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) father Robert (Aidan Gillen) moves him from his private school to a tough inner-city alternative.

Waking Ned Devine (1998)

Where to watch: Prime Video Type: Comedy

When best friends Jackie O’Shea (Ian Bannen) and Michael O’Sullivan (David Kelly) discover someone in their small Irish village has won the lottery, they immediately set off to see if the winner is in a sharing mood.

Deducing that Ned Devine is the lucky man, O’Shea and O’Sullivan pay him a visit, only to find him dead from shock. Since Devine is the only one who can claim the prize, the townsfolk band together to convince the claim inspector that O’Sullivan is really Devine and split the cash.

Brooklyn (2015)

Where to watch: Netflix Type: Drama

In this Academy-award-winning film, young Irish immigrant Eilis Lace (Saoirse Ronan) navigates through 1950s Brooklyn.

Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother’s home for the shores of New York City.

The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her past disrupts her new vivacity, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

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