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10 class Irish movies to watch on Netflix this Paddy's Day weekend

For those not on the session.

Bloody Sunday

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A serious one to start.

The powerful Bloody Sunday depicts the 1972 massacre in Northern Ireland, when members of the British Parachute Regiment shot and killed 13 unarmed demonstrators. The chaotic story is told through the eyes of Ivan Cooper, played wonderfully by James Nesbitt.

The Young Offenders


This excellent Cork-based caper was only added to Netflix last week – just in time for a Paddy’s Day binge session. The movie is inspired by one of Ireland’s bigget cocaine seizures, Operation Seabight – and Conor and Jock have the bright idea to attempt to find a rogue bale.

Certainly worth a watch.

The Siege of Jadotville

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Yes, it’s Dornan at war.

The Siege of Jadotville tells the true story of Irish soldiers who were besieged by overwhelming enemy forces while on a UN peacekeeping mission in the Congo. It’s an intense watch, and has gone down pretty well with the critics since its release earlier this year.

Sing Street

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A joy.

A scene-stealing performance by Jack Reynor and a load of bangers throughout make this a must-watch since it hit Netflix in January.


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From Enniscorthy to New York and back again. This gets *dramatic*.

The Lobster

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Single people are hunted and forced to find mates within 45 days, or be turned into animals and banished to the wilderness. Some light Paddy’s Day viewing, starring Rachel Weisz and Colin Farrell.


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Brian Gleeson works at Dublin Airport doling out toursit advice – when his American ex-girlfriend pitches up to the booth and romcom shenanigans ensue.

Perfectly apt for the weekend that’s in it.


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A last minute mission in Dublin turns deadly for secret operative Gina Carano, with Michael Fassbender also turning up as a MI6 agent in Steven Soderbergh’s highly-rated thriller.


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Netflix can’t get enough Jimmy Nesbitt.

This offbeat comedy sees a man returns home to Dublin after a 10 year absence to reconnect with his ex-wife and daughter, but finds them living with his domineering former PE teacher. Starring Kerry Condon, Patrick Gibson and Maisie Williams, as well as our Jimmy.


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A bit of a romantic drama from Neil Jordan to finish. A fisherman’s (Colin Farrell) life is transformed when he catches a mysterious woman in his nets. His daughter, played by Alison Barry, comes to believe that to believe that the woman is magical creature.

You’re not spoilt for choice.

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David Elkin

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