More than just leprechauns

Megan Rose Bartell

This March, while planning your devious drinking escapades for St. Patrick’s Day, consider watching one of these Irish-themed films.

Whether it’s the Irish brogue, the scenic green countryside or the magical leprechauns, these picks are perfect to watch while you’re curled up on the couch in your green pajamas.

“Once”
This 2006 independent romantic musical filmed in Dublin tells the tale of two strangers who meet and create music that expresses their new found love together over the span of just a week’s time.

“In America”
This 2003 Oscar nominated film tells the story of an Irish family who illegally immigrate to the United States to pursue the father’s American dream of success in the New York theater scene. While living in a flop house, the family makes friends that are helpful in the most unexpected of scenarios.

“Darby O’Gill and the Little People”
This fanciful, family friendly 1959 Walt Disney Classic features Irish Darby O’Gill, who needs the help of leprechaun King Brian. Darby asks Brian to play matchmaker so his daughter Katie will fall in love with the handsome Michael, played by Sean Connery.

“The Commitments”
This 1991 musical is based on fictional Jimmy Rabbitte who starts a soul band in Ireland called the Commitments. The band brings classic soul music to Dublin inspiring friends and family, but their rise to popularity is tried by personality clashes amongst the musicians.

“Waking Ned Divine”
Set in a tiny town of 52 people in Ireland, this 1998 movie is a zany comedy centered around the fact that the town’s sole national lottery winner is found dead with the ticket in his hand. The town decides to pretend that winner Ned is still alive in order to claim the winnings to split amongst themselves.