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Everyone’s Irish on March 17--but that doesn’t mean everyone’s down with drunken hordes and cheap pitchers of green beer. For a more low-key celebration, we recommend settling in with some hearty eats, a perfectly poured pint of Guinness and a movie that transports you to Ireland’s gorgeous emerald hills. Here are five of our favorites.


If there’s a more perfect love song than "Falling Slowly," we haven’t found it. Revisit the sweet story that made it famous--two Dublin musicians struggling to make it on their own, who find perfect harmony together.

"Waking Ned Divine"

Ned Divine is dead. The problem is, he also just won the lottery, and the money would really help the friends and family he left behind. Can his small town band together to fool the lottery claim inspector? As you might expect, some hilarious hijinks ensue.

"My Left Foot"

This 1989 classic put perennial Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis on the map. He won his first portraying Christy Brown, an Irishman with cerebral palsy who defies all odds, becoming a writer and artist with only the use of the aforementioned left foot. Trust us, you’ll want to keep the tissues close at hand.


Ah, Dame Judi, you really can do no wrong. Here, she tables her razor-sharp wit to tackle a different kind of character--a simple woman who was forced as a teenager to give up her son for adoption. Fifty years later, she teams up with Steve Coogan (an oddly perfect couple) on a mission to find that son. It’s a riveting story, full of warmth and humanity, and some evil nuns for good measure.

"Circle of Friends"

We can’t gush enough about this perfect little gem of a movie, which pairs the always lovable Minnie Driver with an adorably in-his-prime Chris O’Donnell (be still our hearts). It won us over when it first came out in 1995, and still helps us remember that good things sometimes can, eventually, happen to good people. The one drawback: Despite his name, O’Donnell’s Irish accent is truly appalling.

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