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Actor John Wayne plays Ethan Edwards in The Searchers. Photograph: Warner Bros/AP Photo

Among the waves of bizarre news last week, one gobbet stood out for lovers of cinema. For a day or so, Mattie McGrath caused his own name and that of (...)

John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara in The Quiet Man

Americans are not welcome here. They are pariahs. Obviously, I don’t think that. I am merely quoting from recent conversations with two distinguished (...)

Great Irish movies: Eamonn Owens as Francie Brady in The Butcher Boy, directed by Neil Jordan

IN VERY PARTICULAR ORDER, HERE’S OUR (CURRENTLY DEFINITIVE) PICK OF THE GREATEST IRISH MOVIES EVER MADE No sane person will sincerely claim that(...)

John Wayne as  Ethan Edwards in The Searchers. Photograph: AP Photo/Warner Bros

For reasons that shouldn’t need to be reiterated, audiences are paying greater attention than ever to the entertainment options on streaming services.(...)

Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird

Despite all the challenges facing cinema in the outgoing decade, the medium somehow managed to honour many of the aesthetics the pioneers devised more(...)

There is a pretty, castellated footbridge over the Cong river, where another scene from The Quiet Man was shot.

By any standards, The Quiet Man is an extravagant excursion into twee stage Irishness – an enormous cliche from start to finish. It had no relevance e(...)

When Brexit happens and Ireland loses its closest ally in the EU, Dublin’s relationships with its continental partners will be of far greater importance. Photograph: Kamil Zihnioglu/AFP via Getty

At a reception at the Irish embassy in Paris in 2011, I met Michel Sardou, a French singer whose hokey 1981 ballad Les Lacs du Connemara (The Lakes of(...)

Actor Barry Fitzgerald taken  on the set of John Ford’s film ‘The Quiet Man’ in Co Mayo around 1951. Photograph: The Irish Times

Barry Fitzgerald was a man with a talent for creating conundrums for the good people at the Academy. Not only did he cause an upset by being nominated(...)

The late Peter Fonda with his father Henry and daughter Jane,  circa 1963. Photograph: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

The rebels of the 1960s are beginning to die of something like old age. Peter Fonda – who has died aged 79 – was nearly 30 when Easy Rider emerged in (...)

 John Ford and Maureen O’Hara  circa 1955: director’s feelings for the actress are evident in a letter soon to be auctioned.  Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The professional relationship between Maureen O’Hara and the film director John Ford is among the most chronicled in Hollywood history. Together the (...)

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