9 Films that will transport you to Ireland

 If we can’t travel to Ireland, lets experience Ireland via the movies. Here are our favourite films that capture the beauty, charm and stunning locations of Ireland including Dublin, Cork, Aran Islands and the Dingle Peninsula.

1. In the Name of the Father (1993)

Based on the true story of Gerry Conlon (Daniel Day-Lewis), a Belfast youth who - along with family members and friends - was wrongly convicted of bombing two pubs outside of London. A story about the relationship between a father and his son who fought for justice to clear his father's name.

  • Ireland locations: Dublin
  • Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Pete Postlethwaite, Alison Crosbie
     


 

2. Leap Year (2010)

Anna plans to travel to Dublin, Ireland to propose marriage to her boyfriend Jeremy on Leap Day, because, according to Irish tradition, a man who receives a marriage proposal on a leap day must accept it.

  • Ireland locations: Aran Islands, Connemara, Wicklow National Park, Dublin and Glenalough
  • Starring: Amy Adams, Matthew Goode, Adam Scott

 

3. Angela’s Ashes (1999)

Based on the best-selling autobiography by Irish expatriate Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick.

  • Ireland locations: Limerick, Cork, County Wicklow and Dublin
  • Starring: Emily Watson, Robert Carlyle, Joe Breen
     


 

4. My Left Foot (1989)

In this true story, Christy Brown is born with crippling cerebral palsy into a poor, working-class Irish family. Able only to control movement in his left foot and to speak in guttural sounds, he is mistakenly believed to be intellectually disabled. Later, Christy develops into a brilliant painter, poet and author.

  • Ireland locations: County Dublin and County Wicklow
  • Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker, Alison Whelan
     


 

5. The Commitments (1991)

Funny, musical and occasionally dramatic, this is the story of tumultuous rise and fall of a Dublin Soul band, The Commitments. Managed by Jimmy Rabbitte, an unemployed wheeler and dealer with a vision to create "The Worlds Hardest Working Band".

  • Ireland locations: County Dublin and County Wicklow
  • Starring: Robert Arkins, Michael Aherne, Angeline Ball
     


 

6. Michael Collins

Neil Jordan's historical biopic of Irish revolutionary Michael Collins, the man who led a guerrilla war against the UK, helped negotiate the creation of the Irish Free State, and led the National Army during the Irish Civil War.

  • Ireland locations: County Dublin and County Wicklow
  • Starring: Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Julia Roberts
     


 

7. Far and Away (1992)

Joseph, a young Irish man facing property eviction after his father's death, decides to take revenge on Daniel Christie, his landlord. Meanwhile, Shannon, Daniel's daughter, is growing dissatisfied with the traditional views of her parents' generation and longs to be modern. They flee to the States, but subsequently struggle to obtain land and prosper freely.

  • Ireland locations: Ma’am Cross, Dingle Peninsula, Dublin, Bray, Dingle and Kilruddery House
  • Starring: Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman
     


 

8. Once (2007)

A modern-day musical about a busker and an immigrant and their eventful week in Dublin, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story.

  • Ireland locations: Dublin
  • Starring: Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová, Hugh Walsh
     


 

9. P.S. I Love You (2007)

On a country road in Ireland over ten years ago, it was love at first sight for Holly, a lost young tourist and Gerry, a charming local. When Gerry dies from a brain tumour, Holly discovers that her late husband as left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life.

  • Ireland locations: County Dublin and County Wicklow
  • Starring: Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, Harry Connick Jr.


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Michele Zavaglia

Michele Zavaglia is the Marketing Manager at Albatross Tours.