Blarney

Blarney

The 1938 comedy classic features much-loved Irish actor Jimmy O’Dea as a hapless cough-medicine salesman working along the Irish Border. He runs into trouble when he encounters a pair of jewel thieves and accidently switches suitcases. High jinks ensue and a cross-border rivalry plays out between a southern garda and a northern RUC man for the love of a local girl, while everyone searches for the missing jewels.  Shot in the County Louth villages of Carlingford and Greenore, the film uses the border as a playful plot device. On the centenary of the enactment of partition (May 2021), the film is an intriguing artefact of cultural heritage which displays stoic attitudes to the existence of the border itself.

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