When Irish Eyes are Smiling…

Irish landscapeSt. Patrick’s Day is nearly here, but you don’t have to be Irish to appreciate the holiday. In fact, everyone is at least a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!

I think it is easy to fall into the habit of romanticizing Ireland - imagining the green hills, dancing leprechauns and pots of gold, enchanting accents, and charming small towns. But there is far more to Ireland than the pretty picture Hollywood has painted for us. Fortunately, Ireland has a number of well-respected movie producers, directors, screenwriters, and actors striving to show the rest of the world the Ireland they know. It is not always the idyllic picture we expect, but it is brimming with history and passion.

Below, I have put together a list of movies with strong ties to Ireland. All were produced, directed, written, or acted by Irish citizens. If you’re in the mood for an Irish movie this week, browse the HCPL catalog and request one today!

Kimberly’s Irish Movie Picks:

Flickr CC: Ireland landscape (3) Photo by: Paolo Donadeo