12 great Irish short films that you can watch for free online now

Looking for short films to watch but find yourself browsing endlessly? Never fear, we’ve got you covered.

There is an abundance of Irish short films (both in English and in the Irish language) that you can find online from a wide range of directors across the country.

From dramas to comedies, historical pieces and satirical takes, this is just a small selection of great filmmaking and storytelling from Irish creators.

Our selection of 12 Irish short films

1. Goodbye, Darling

Goodbye, Darling is one day in the enduring love story of Irish Volunteer Michael Joseph O’Rahilly and his wife Nancy. Set on the fifth day of the 1916 Rising, a concerned Nancy seeks comfort and diversion by playing the piano, unaware that her husband is leaving the G.P.O. to lead the charge.

2. Lipservice

Written in the Irish language, Lipservice is a sharply satirical comedy of Northside Dublin kids improvising wildly to impress the visiting Irish language examiner.

Check out more Irish language short films here.

3. Damned Peace

Directed by Kerryman, Eoghan Hand, this is a short film about a woman called Denise who tries to find the real story behind a murder. She’s left with the dilemma of which is more important ‘truth or peace?’

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4. Rúbaí

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.

5. Scope

When a young man drops out of college to care for his shut-in mother he too finds himself increasingly insulated from the outside world, something which conflicts with his growing forays into amateur astronomy.

6. Hidden Potential

A young school child who is struggling with dyslexia is constantly belittled, ignored and bullied by his classmates, teachers and even school principals. If this continues he faces a life living in the shadows of success. That is until one day someone steps in and changes his life forever.

7. Fluent Dysphasia

Written and directed by Daniel O’Hara and starring Stephen Rea as Murph, who in this movie has little to say to his teenage daughter. 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.

8. Uisce Beatha

Set in 1912, Uisce Beatha (The Irish for Whiskey or Water Of Life) is the true story of Tom, a young Irish man who leaves his home in rural Ireland to cross the ocean on the ill-fated Titanic. But a night of celebration beforehand results in a twist that will affect Tom’s fate drastically.

9. Yu Ming is Ainm Dom

Yu Ming Is Ainm Dom is the story of a young Chinese man, who is disillusioned with his dead-end job at a supermarket. A spin of the globe leads him to choose Ireland as the destination for his new life and further research informs him that the official language of that country is Gaeilge.

10. The Big Bad World

Set in Ireland in the late ’90s: Two Teens break the rules for the first time by going on their very own vacation into the big bad world.

11. lúbtha (Queer)

‘lúbtha’ is a short film inspired by true events and follows the story of a teenager dealing with his sexuality whilst having to grow up in early 90s Northern Ireland. As physical and mental abuse become a daily struggle, Fintan retreats into a world of anger and silence. With no solution on the horizon, he yearns to escape from the small town he’s been trapped in all his life, bringing nothing but his younger brother.

12. The Crush

Academy Award-nominated Irish short. Ardal Travis is in love.  There’s just one problem.  He’s an eight-year-old schoolboy and the object of his affection is his teacher, the gorgeous Miss Purdy.  When she becomes engaged to her unworthy, crass boyfriend, Ardal is forced into taking drastic action.

12. Brother

When two kids from different backgrounds are forced to spend an uncomfortable amount of time together, they realise how little it takes to become the best of friends.

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Lead image from Rúbaí

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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. John says:

    Brother outstanding

  2. Neil says:

    Can anyone find me a copy of The Three Joes?

    1. Una-Minh Kavanagh says:

      From Apres Match?

      1. Neil Goodwin says:

        No. The Three Joe’s was an Irish short movie, issued late 80s maybe early 90s. Three lads living in a rental in Rathmines. Wonderful bit of cinema

  3. Anna says:

    Nice compilation! Thank you 🙏

    1. Una-Minh Kavanagh says:

      Thanks for reading Anna!

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