Top 10 St Patrick’s Day movies matched with Irish food

I think I’m part Irish. I’m also part Scandinavian, Portuguese, Scottish, Greek and a thousand other nationalities. But that’s not important here. We’re talking Ireland and more specifically St Patrick’s Day which is coming up ROOL soon. So get your thick Irish accent going and enjoy my list of the best Irish films I’ve encountered (and SO many more to see, I know!)

Top 10 St Patrick’s Day movies matched with Irish food

10. Angela’s Ashes (1999)

Like all great movies, this one is based on a novel which was based on a memoir by Frank McCourt. Frank’s family forced to move from their home in America back to the hardship, the poverty in their native land of Ireland in the 1930s/40s. Young Frank dreams of returning back to the good ole US of A and starts getting creative with how he’s going to achieve that! It’s grim but gripping!

9. The Quiet Man (1952)

John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara star in this uber famous movie about an American dude, Sean (Wayne), who heads back to Ireland to lay claim to his family’s farm. But then he meets a passionate gal, Mary (O’Hara) and they fall in love. Awww. However, her horrible bully brother refuses to allow them to get married, holding back her dowry which makes Mary real angry-like. There’s fighting, of the fist and mouth variety and loads of emotion in this rom-com-drama that will keep you glued to your screen until the last scene.

Entree:

Rubbing my hands together with glee. I love Ireland and Irish food. It’s always so comforting and delicious. Our entree for this post will be (drum roll please) Smoked Salmon on Potato Pancakes from Irish Abroad. Looks amazing. Perfect to eat while watching one of these fabbo films, aye?!

8. Bloody Sunday (2002)

This is a bit of a different one. It was originally made as a TV movie but then screened at a few cinemas, then won a few awesome awards so it’s on my list. This film is obviously about the shootings that took place in 1972 in Derry, Northern Ireland. Social Democratic and Labour Party member in Northern Ireland, Ivan Cooper (James Nesbitt) tells the story of the awful day when British soldiers opened fire on demonstrators. A day that changed Ireland forever.

7. The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006)

Let’s go back in time with this film, back to various wars that raged throughout Ireland  (1919-23). Two brothers, Damien (Cillian Murphy) and Teddy (Pádraic Delaney) fight for Ireland, for independence from England. They join the IRA and get serious about bringing about mayhem. But then they’re arrested, tortured and finally escape. Then things go from bad to worse. It’s a pretty confronting film, quite violent but historical so give it a go.

6. Once (2007)

Now for something completely different, something a bit more serene. This is a kind of musical movie but don’t let that turn you off. This low budget film is beautiful. It’s about a Dublin-ite fella called Guy (Glen Hansard) who busks his awesome music. He meets a Czech girl (Markéta Irglová) who starts jamming with him and eventually record their songs together. There’s a sort of love story in here too but nothing too lovey-dovey. It’s a great film, naturally acted with a killer soundtrack.

Main meal:

I remember being in a very rainy small coastal town in Ireland and all I wanted was a steaming bowl of Irish Stew with a glass of Guinness (and I don’t normally like beer). It hit the spot like nothing else could, so guess what we’re making? Yup, it’s Guinness Irish Stew from Jelly Toast.

5. The Commitments (1991)

Talking about music, how’s this one for feel-good fun? This dramedy or comedy/drama tells the story of a soul band made up of working class strugglers in Dublin. Frustrated muso, Jimmy (Robert Arkins) decides to create the bestest band in the whole, whole world and auditions begin in his ma and pa’s home. The band is chosen, the songs are sung and the egos let loose. It’s fun and, like Once, this movie has an unbelievable soundtrack. Bring back awesome soundtracks! 

4. The Secret of the Kells (2009)

This is a funny, eerie little film but my kids can’t get enough of it. It’s a beautiful animation about the history of the Book of Kells, an illustrated version of the Bible. But it’s not a happy, light tale. There are Vikings, fire, a weird fox character, old people with good hearts and war, people, war! There’s something unique about this movie. There’s really nothing like it which is why it was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. You must see it, you really must!

3. The Field (1990)

Wow this one is heavy but amazing. It stars Richard Harris as Bull McCabe who starts the awful ball rolling by dumping a dead donkey in a lake. Fights break out about a field where the donkey broke into as it is put up for sale by a widow. For some reason everyone seems to want this field for either sentimental reasons or to turn it into some modern money making machine. This turmoil has deadly results, even though it’s only over a mere patch of grass. Very moving.

Dessert:

Now I was looking for a super-green recipe but really, they didn’t get me excited. So I’ve gone a tad fancy with a more sophisticated tone of green. You’ll find no fluro here, my friends. Our beautiful green dessert of the moment is… No Bake Mini Grasshopper Pies from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs. Yummo!

2. Waking Ned Devine (1998)

Oh I love this movie. It’s so sweet and funny and telling. Ned Devine is dead but his friends find out that he actually won the lottery. So they try and trick the Lottery officials by pretending that Ned is alive and get the town (well most of them) to agree to this by offering them all a share in the winnings. It’s tense, dramatic but ultimately heart-warmingly funny. Check it out.

1. In the Name of the Father (1993)

This is a classic, incredibly moving true story about the Guildford Four who were wrongly convicted of killing four British soldiers and a by-stander in an IRA bombing. It stars the incredible Daniel Day-Lewis as one of the men, Gerry Conlon and Pete Postlethwaite as his dad who gets lawyer, Gareth Pierce (Emma Thompson) to investigate the case. If you have a passion for social justice or simply love a great story, you’ll dig this one.

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