The Irish language film industry is faoi bhláth (blossoming), at the moment. It has become a challenge to keep up with the newest releases, which is the best complaint I've had in a long time. If you've yet to dip your toe into films in Irish, I've rounded up some of the best of the last few years for you.

An Cailín Ciúin (2022)

Based on Claire Keegan's wonderful book, Foster, this film has been making waves around the international film circuit. It was awarded the Grand Prix at Berlinale Generation Kplus and opened this year's Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival. It is not to be missed when it comes to Irish cinemas later this year.

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Song of Granite (2017)

The biopic from acclaimed filmmaker Pat Collins charts the rise of traditional Irish folk singer Joe Heaney, and how the songs of his west of Ireland childhood helped shape his complex character. Song of Granite is a feast for the eyes and ears.

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Arracht (2020)

Starring Dónall Ó hÉalaí and directed by Tom Sullivan, Arracht, based on one man's quest to survive the Irish famine is a stark, lonely reminder of what and who went before us.

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Rocky Ros Muc (2017)

Rocky Ros Muc is storytelling at its best. Based on Connemara boxer Seán Ó Mainnín's rise to fame and the challenges he faced to get to fight for the World Title in Madison Square Garden in the mid 1980s.

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Amhrán na Mara (2015)


The enchanting Irish animation tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse – the last Seal-child – who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea. Made for kids, but enjoyable for everyone in the family!

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