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Your St Patrick’s Day guide to Netflix

Most of us will be spending St Patrick’s Day on the couch.

With traditional celebrations unable to go ahead this year, many of us will be spending St Patrick’s Day on the couch.

If you’re looking for some Irish-themed content to mark the day, we have you covered with recommendations for TV and films set in Ireland, made in Ireland, or simply starring Irish actors.

Whether you’re in the mood for fantasy, crime or a documentary, here are 21 flicks to watch on Netflix today.

Comedy

1. The Office (US): Season 6, Episode 19: “St Patrick’s Day”

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with Michael, Dwight and all the folk at Dunder Mifflin.

https://www.facebook.com/TheOfficeTV/videos/599635950622289/

2. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 11, Episode 8: “Charlie Catches a Leprechaun”

St Patrick’s Day themed episode of the American sitcom in which a group of five selfish underachievers co-own a decrepit Irish bar.

In this episode, Dennis tries to create a mobile Paddy’s pub experience while Charlie and Mac join forces to catch a leprechaun.

3. Leap Year

While this 2010 film is officially designated a rom-com, you may be forgiven for enjoying it as a comedy due to its sometimes unique take on the Irish accent.

Starring Amy Adams, Matthew Goode and Adam Scott, the Hollywood flick filmed in Ireland sees American Anna reconsider her plans after meeting a charming Irish pub owner.

4. Derry Girls

The hilarious sitcom created and written by Northern Irish writer Lisa McGee follows the personal exploits of a 16-year-old girl and her family and friends during the Troubles in the early 1990s.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrgAqEmbbMY

Historical

5. Hunger

This powerful feature film tackled the 1981 hunger strikes by Republican prisoners in Northern Ireland and was met with favourable reviews worldwide.

Starring Michael Fassbender, Liam Cunningham and Stuart Graham, it follows a group of IRA prisoners as they stage a six-week hunger strike in an attempt to improve prison conditions.

6. The Siege of Jadotville

This Netflix original film tells the true story of Irish soldiers who were besieged by overwhelming enemy forces while on a UN peacekeeping mission in the Congo.

Based on the book Siege at Jadotville : The Irish Army’s Forgotten Battle by Declan Power, it stars Jamie Dornan, Jason O’Meara, Mark Strong and Sam Keeley.

7. Bridgerton

You won’t find much mention of Irish history when it comes to Shonda Rhimes’ Bridgerton. Or much historical accuracy in general. But the show stars Galway-born Nicola Coughlan and will keep you entertained for the day.

Drama

8. Handsome Devil

Set in Ireland, this heart-warming and funny film sees a self-described outsider sent to a rugby-obsessed boarding school, where he forms an unexpected bond with the star player.

From Irish director John Butler, it stars Fionn O’Shea, Ardal O’Hanlon, Amy Huberman, Andrew Scott, Moe Dunford, Michael McElhatton and Ruairi O’Connor.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6EvMq0Xwbs

9. Endings, Beginnings

Starring Northern Ireland’s Jamie Dornan, this romance sees a woman find herself involved with two men who turn out to be close friends.

10. The Irishman

Hit man Frank Sheeran looks back at the secrets he kept as a loyal member of the Bufalino crime family in this acclaimed film from Martin Scorsese.

11. Dominion Creek

In this series, three Irish brothers arrive in the Yukon during the Gold Rush hoping to strike it rich, but a powerful man and greed soon divide them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7lD2h7Dq5k

Fantasy

12. Fate: The Winx Saga

Filmed in Ireland, this series follows the coming-of-age journey of five fairies attending Alfea — a magical boarding school in the Otherworld where they must learn to master their powers.

From The Vampire Diaries creator Brian Young, the series is a live-action re-imagining of the Italian cartoon Winx Club.

13. Extra Ordinary

In this Irish film, lonely driving instructor Rose reluctantly uses her paranormal talents when a teenager is targeted for sacrifice by a Satan-obsessed former rock star. Stars Maeve Higgins, Barry Ward and Will Forte.

Crime

14. Calm with Horses

In rural Ireland, an ex-boxer has become the feared enforcer for the drug-dealing Devers family, while also trying to be a good father to his autistic five-year-old son. Stars Cosmo Jarvis, Barry Keoghan and Niamh Algar.

15. Bad Day For The Cut

A mild-mannered, middle-aged Irish farmer devoted to his mother embarks on a violent quest for revenge when she is murdered in a home invasion.

16. Broken Law

A dedicated Garda must choose between his bloodline or the law when his recently jailed brother puts him in a compromising position. Stars Tristan Heanue, Graham Earley and John Connors.

17. Cardboard Gangsters

A low-level drug dealer decides to move up the ranks of the illegal drug trade in Darndale, Dublin putting him and his gang on a violet path.  Stars John Connors, Fiona Walton and Kierston Wareing.

18. The Fall

In this series filmed and set in Northern Ireland, a detective superintendent battles her own personal demons as she tries to get inside the head of a serial killer hiding behind a family man façade. Stars Jamie Dornan and Gillian Anderson.

19. Michael Inside

An 18-year-old man living in a Dublin housing estate with his grandfather is caught holding drugs for his friend’s older brother and struggles to adapt to the brutality of prison life. Stars Moe Dunford.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGtf81pNTnc

Documentary

20. Katie

The critically acclaimed and award-winning Katie Taylor documentary follows the champion boxer as she attempts to rebuild her career after a year of turmoil threatened to derail it.

 

21. Bobby Sands 66 Days

Documentary exploring the story of Bobby Sands’s 66-day hunger strike in the spring of 1981, using extracts from his diary, testimony and footage from the archives.

Source:

www.breakingnews.ie

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