Lots of people attend parades, drink green milk shakes, some ‘drown the Shamrock’, and many just want to put their feet up on St Patrick’s Day and chill out in front of a good television show or film. Netflix has come up with a list of great Irish television shows and films which re available to stream instantly over the long weekend, on St Patrick’s Day or anytime in the future.
Father Ted (All 3 Seasons)
St Patrick’s Day wouldn’t be the same without a trip to Craggy Island to spend some quality time with Father Ted Crilly, Father Dougal McGuire, Mrs. Doyle and Father Jack Hackett and his daily simple pleasures routine of sleeping, eating and drinking (and swearing).
Killnascully (Seasons 1-5)
Though a little off the beaten path, Killinaskully has much to amuse the visitor in search of something a little different. With a cast of hilarious characters, a visit to Ireland’s favourite dysfunctional town will have you in stitches. Comedian Pat Shortt plays several roles in this broad comic caricature of life in the strange Irish village.
Mattie (Seasons 1 +2)
After years as a country cop, Mattie (Pat Shortt) is teamed up with feisty detective Sharon Kelly and struggles to adapt to the rough and tumble of city policing. But Mattie usually gets his man, despite comic misadventures and the ridicule of his smug peers.
Lawrence is the overly obsessed captain of a pub quiz team, a man who boasts knowledge but has learned nothing as he leads his group to minor glory. His teammates, meanwhile, have their own reasons for joining in — to which Lawrence is oblivious.
Tommy Tiernan : Something Mental
Tommy Tiernan gives a hilarious performance featuring his trademark combination of politically incorrect humour and uncensored tales about sex, family and religion.
Tommy Tiernan : Crooked Man
Crooked Man is the show that Tommy has toured for 18 months and was recorded at the infamous home of real stand up in Ireland, City Limits Comedy, Cork. Crooked Man perfectly captures the passion and vitality of Tommy’s inimitable live show.
It’s Always’s Sunny in Philadelphia
It’s not Irish however we had to include it in our list! ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ is about five friends who own and operate Paddy’s Irish Pub in Philadelphia – Mac (Rob McElhenney), Dennis (Glenn Howerton), Charlie (Charlie Day), Sweet Dee (Kaitlin Olson) and Frank (Danny DeVito). Their constant scheming usually lands them in a world of hurt, yet they never seem to learn from their mistakes.
In this charming contemporary musical, a street musician in Dublin strikes up a friendship with a migrant street hawker, and the duo ends up composing and recording a series of songs over the course of a week that mirrors their burgeoning romance.
After the death of his father, socially awkward Donal (Domhnall Gleeson) decides to put his inheritance into a brothel business venture with a Kiwi call-girl.
Ordinary Decent Criminal
This engrossing crime thriller follows charismatic Irish thief Michael Lynch, the leader of a Dublin gang who takes delight in plotting heists with the kind of élan that makes him a popular figure in the very city he plunders.
[Reported by Mike Watkins]