The Boys & Girl from County Clare

The Boys & Girl from County Clare

John Irvin (2003)

15 Certificate


Our Score
If you're not into ceilidh music, then John Irvin's tale of 1960s sibling rivalry may seem as insubstantial as a soap bubble. But levity and geniality are key to this Local Hero-like drama, which sees Colm Meaney head west for the first time since he fled to Liverpool having stolen Charlotte Bradley from brother Bernard Hill and left her to raise their daughter alone. Returning to face the music simply to compete in an annual band contest is a whopping contrivance, but the evocative photography and a willing cast (that includes Andrea Corr of Irish band the Corrs) make it easy to forgive the narrative flaws.


The leader of a ceilidh band prepares to defend his title in a prestigious traditional music contest. However, he has an unexpected rival in the shape of his estranged brother, who left Ireland for Liverpool years ago but has returned at the head of his own group. Comedy, starring Bernard Hill and Colm Meaney.

Cast & Crew

Anne Andrea Corr
Jimmy Colm Meaney
John Joe Bernard Hill
Maisie Charlotte Bradley
Teddy Shaun Evans
Director John Irvin
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Swearing, sex scenes and nudity.Available on: DVD