It’s safe to say that the #BeastFromTheEast has well and truly sunk its teeth into Ireland.

Today, we’re set to experience what is expected to be the biggest snowstorm to hit the country since 1982.

The fact that we’re being ordered to stay indoors says it all!

If you’re stuck in the house a day already and cabin fever has taken hold, then the seven Irish movies on Netflix below will hopefully help whittle away the time in style.

1 – The Van

Funny, heart-warming Irish cinema at it’s best. If you’ve never watched this one, I envy you. If you don’t have Netflix, you can watch it on YouTube here.

What it’s all about

Given his experience working with food, it’s hardly surprising that after losing his job at a bakery, Brendan “Bimbo” Reeves (Donal O’Kelly) becomes successful selling fried morsels from a van. He hires Larry (Colm Meaney), his best friend, to help, but having Bimbo for a boss doesn’t improve their relationship. The van is eventually closed down by a health inspector — which Bimbo thinks is because Larry ratted him out over questionable food prep techniques — and their friendship is severed.

2 – The Guard

Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle in rural Ireland with a load of drug-traffickers on the loose – what’s not to love?!

Edit: turns out this one isn’t actually on the Irish Netflix, but you can watch the full movie on YouTube here.

What it’s all about

A guard (Brendan Gleeson) and a straight-laced American FBI agent (Don Cheadle) uncover police corruption among the former’s superiors while probing a drug-trafficking ring. Mayhem ensues.

3 – The Commitments

No introduction needed. You’ve seen it a million times before, but it continues to deliver laughs time and time again.

What it’s all about

Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins), a self-proclaimed promoter, decides to organize an R&B group to fill the musical void in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland. The band comes together but ends up consisting entirely of white musicians who have little experience with the genre. Even though their raw talent and lofty aspirations gain the group notoriety, the pitfalls of fame began to tear at their newfound friendships as they prepare for their big show. Based on the novel by Roddy Doyle.

4 – Bad Day For The Cut

I watched this back in January after stumbling upon it while flicking through Netflix. I hadn’t heard anything about it in advance of watching it, but honestly… IT’S AMAZING!

What it’s all about

A mild-mannered farmer embarks on a bloody quest to avenge his mother’s murder. He soon discovers her dark past while wading through the criminal underworld of Belfast, Ireland.

5 – The Young Offenders

The Young Offenders seem to be doing everything right; the movie received rave reviews back in 2016, and the recently released television series has recieved a a similar reception.

What it’s all about

Two youngfellas from Cork steal bicycles and ride off on a quest to find a missing bale of cocaine worth 7,000,000 euros.

6 – In Bruges

An absolute classic. If you’ve never seen Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson in this absolute peach of a movie, you need to bang it on.

What it’s all about

After a job goes tragically wrong in London, hit men Ray and Ken are ordered to lay low at a bed-and-breakfast in Bruges, Belgium, until their boss phones with further instructions. But when he calls, Ken doesn’t like the assignment.

7 – Sing Street

What it’s all about

It’s 1985 and a Dublin teenager (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) forms a rock ‘n’ roll band to win the heart of an aspiring model (Lucy Boynton).

Have we missed any?
If I’ve missed a great Irish movie on Netflix that you think should be added, pop a comment in the section below!

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