Gearrscannáin: 20 Irish Language Short Films You Can Watch For Free Online

From Irish podcastsshort filmstheatre productions, closleabhair (audiobooks) and Irish language short films, there are so many things that you can enjoy online today. But often, finding these nuggets as Gaeilge can be a tricky thing to do.

Never fear, if you’re looking for a short film to watch, we’ve got you covered as many short films can be found on places like YouTube.

Irish language short films that are free to watch online

1. Rúbaí (2013)

There are many Irish language short films available to watch from Screen Ireland.
As her classmates prepare for their First Holy Communion, Rúbaí announces that she is an atheist and refuses to participate. (Agus an rang ag ullmhú don Chéad Chomaoineach, diúltaíonn Rúbaí páirt a ghlacadh, ag maíomh gur ‘atheist’ í).

2. An Créatúr (2007)

An Créatúr spans the first 15 years of Conor Buckley’s life. A childhood prank leaves Conor paralysed by guilt; forcing him to correct his own mistake the only way he knows how….”

3. Oídhche Sheanchais (1935)

This is the oldest of the Irish language short films on this list. Four islanders gather around the hearth to hear island seanchaí Seáinín Tom Ó Dioráin tell a traditional story.

4. Asal (2011)

Fionn, a young fisherman, risks everything to help a friend. Cuireann Fionn, iascaire óg as iarthar na hÉireann, a shaol féin i mbaol chun cara a shábháil.

5. Fíorghael (2005)

Ever get the feeling someone is talking about you? A short comedy film about language politics in modern Ireland.

6. Lipservice (1998)

In this Irish short film, the focus is the Oral Irish exam being taken by secondary school students. Directed by Paul Mercier.

7. Filleann an Feall (2000)

Two small time Dublin criminals, Don Wycherley and Cillian Murphy, travel to Connemara to do a deal on Poitín.

8. Beirt le Chéile (2013)

It is the aftermath of the Easter Rising. Tom carries his wounded brother through the Wicklow hills to get help, but because of a child’s game of mistaken identity, things go awry. Tar éis Éirí Amach na Cásca, iompraíonn Tom a dheartháir gortaithe trí bhunchnoic Chill Mhantáin chun cabhair a fháil. Ach mar gheall ar chluiche páistí a bhaineann le haithne contráilte, ní thiteann rudaí amach mar ba chóir.

9. Clare sa Spéir (2001)

Feeling underappreciated by her family, Clare decides to do something for herself to break the monotony of domestic life.

10. Céad Ghrá (2014)

Two best friends set off on a quest in pursuit of their first crush.

11. Fluent Dysphasia (2004)

He wakes one morning after a drunken night out, to find that he can only speak fluent Irish, something he could never do before, and that he has completely forgotten how to speak English.

12. An tÁdh (2014)

Athchóirithe ón ngearrscéal An tÁdh le Pádraic Ó Conaire. Adapted from the short story by Pádraic Ó Conaire. You can watch this short film on the TG4 Player here.

13. Páirtnéir (2014)

Bunaithe ar an nGearrscéal Saineolaí Teicneolaí le hOrna Ní Choileáin.

14. Eoinín Na nÉan (2014)

Athchóirithe ón ngearrscéal Eoghainín le Pádraic Mac Piarais. This is available to watch on the TG4 Player here.

15. An Teanga Rúnda (2006)

James and his dad Michael use Irish as a secret language to discuss their secret spy business. 

16. An Ranger (2008)

Black ’47 is a 2018 Irish period drama film directed by Lance Daly. The screenplay was based on this Irish-language short film An Ranger

17. Féileacán (2008)

18. Cáca Milis (2001)

A chance encounter on a train between a young woman and a blind man. She wants to read her book, he wants to chat. She realises that he won’t leave her alone. She starts to get annoyed… Teagmháil chinniúnach idir bean óg agus fear dall ar thraein. Bíonn sise ag iarraidh a leabhar a léamh, is mian leisean dreas comhrá a dhéanamh. Tuigeann sise nach dtabharfaidh sé aon suaimhneas di. Tosaíonn cantal ag teacht uirthi…

19. Yu Ming Is Ainm Dom (2003)

Probably one of the more popular Irish language short films on this list. This is the story of a young Chinese man, who is disillusioned with his dead-end job. Ireland is the destination for his new life and further research informs him that the official language of that country is Irish.

20. Sylvia (2012)

Passion, jealousy and motorcycle maintenance in the wilds of Connemara. Sylvia is a love triangle with a twist. Paisean, éad agus cothabháil gluaisrothar in iargúltacht Chonamara: Is triantán grá é an gearrscannán Sylvia a bhfuil casadh ann.

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I'm a freelance content creator and a journalist who has a strong desire to do as much as possible in the time I've got left on this planet. I got a taste for storytelling when I interned in Storyful many moons ago and since then have worked for places like WorldIrish (now Irish Central), Her.ie and Lonely Planet. I am constantly curious.

Comments

  1. Seán says:

    Maith thú Úna-Minh as an liosta a chuir le chéile. Is cosúil gur ‘trailers’ atá i gcuid de na nascanna (An t-Ádh, Eoinín na nÉan, Páirtnéir). Déanadh faoi scéimeanna éagsúla do TG4 iad (Údar / Scéal) agus is scannáin 23nóim atá iontu.
    Cuid acu ar fáil ar seinnteoir TG4 anseo:

    https://tg4.tv/ga/player/boxset/?series=%C3%9Adar&genre=Drama

    https://tg4.tv/ga/player/boxset/?series=Sc%C3%A9al&genre=Drama

    1. Una-Minh Kavanagh says:

      Go raibh maith agat a Sheáin! Cuirfead an nasc leo anois 🙂

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