24 June 2024 The Irish Film & Television Network
Looking back over a landmark year for the Irish Film and Television industry this St Patrickís Day
16 Mar 2016 : Sean Brosnan
Saoirse Ronan represents Ireland at the Oscars
In what many have described as a golden year for the Irish Film and Television industry, we look back over some of the biggest and most interesting stories of the past year for St Patrick's Day.

First off, who can forget January 14th of this year when LA turned green when the Oscar nominations were announced? This year featured an unprecedented nine Oscar nominations for Irish films and talent, including two films nominated for Best Picture.

Oscars 2016 – ‘Brooklyn’, ‘Room’, and short ‘Stutterer’ Nominated

Another great moment came the day before the Oscar nominations were announced when the Irish Film Board launched their 2016 slate. At the event, six-time Oscar nominated director Jim Sheridan likened Ireland’s success in 2015 to having three teams left in the World Cup, a sentiment echoed by ‘Room’ filmmakers Lenny Abrahamson and Ed Guiney, who received their first nominations the next day

Jim Sheridan, Lenny Abrahamson and Ed Guiney on having “three teams left in the World Cup”

The Golden Year didn’t end after the Oscars however. St Patrick’s weekend this year features a massive three Irish films hitting cinemas as well as the re-release of an old Irish classic and a slew of Irish films on television.

St Patrick’s weekend will see three Irish films hit cinemas

Another landmark moment over the past year. The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD talking about the impact the recent filming of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ will have, a day before the film is set to be released to the world. The film went on to be a huge critical and commercial success, getting nominated for five Oscars, making over $2bn at the Box Office. ‘Star Wars: Episode 8’ will return to Ireland to film later in the year.

“Star Wars will showcase Sceilg Mhichíl and Ireland to the world” – Minister Humphreys

With the day that's in it, we thought we would re-visit 'Patrick's Day' writer/director Terry McMahon telling us all about the films that inspired him into making one of Ireland's most talked about films of 2015.

Pictiúr Paradiso: IFTA-winner Terry McMahon on the films that shaped him

From ‘Into The West’ to ‘Patrick's Day’, Tim Palmer has produced quite a few of the more interesting movies to come out of Ireland in the last 25 years. So, what are the movies that rock his world...?

Tim Palmers Top Ten 

Check out our feature last year with Coco Television about how the annual St Patrick's Day Parade is beamed live into our television screens.

Coco TV gear up for another St Pats’ parade

Bloomsday Film Fest: Director Martin Turk and Line Producer Jeremiah Cullinane discuss Kino Volta
Actors Hannah and Emily Dargan discuss The Watched
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