2010, Olive Films, 101 min, Ireland, Dir: Ian Power

When a South American pilot must land his plane safely in the small village of Mallow, Ireland, young Paco (Jamie Kierans) convinces his town to rally and build a runway for the smooth arrival of the aerial stranger. Inspired by true events of 1983. Nominated for six Irish Film and Television Awards, winner of Best Cinematography and Best Production Design.

2010, Olive Films, Ireland, Dir: Darragh Byrne

Lonely and beleaguered Fred Daly (an excellent Colm Meaney) returns to his native Ireland with no place to call home except his car. When pothead Cathal (Colin Morgan) parks next to him, the two strike up an unlikely friendship. With Cathal’s help, Fred begins to put his life back together little by little, starting by introducing himself to cute, unusual music teacher Jules (Milka Ahlroth). Nominated for four Irish Film and Television Awards, including Best Actor for Meaney.

1952, Paramount, 129 min, USA, Dir: John Ford

John Wayne is the quiet man of the title, a former boxer returning home to his Irish birthplace who falls in love with feisty Maureen O’Hara and butts heads with her big brother (Victor McLaglen). Ireland has never looked so emerald green as in this rowdy shaggy-dog story that’s filled to the brim with brawling, romance and general tomfoolery. With Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond. Winner of Oscars for Best Director and Best Cinematography (by Winston C. Hoch and Archie Stout).

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