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Boys and Girl from County Clare


It's the late 60s. The English invasion has conquered the world! The Liverpool Sound tops the charts in every country - except Ireland! There, so called Ceili music - a form of traditional music - still reigns supreme. And they're about to hold the annual Ceili competition to determine who's the best band in the land.
But could the unthinkable happen? Could an upstart English band from Liverpool win the All Irish Championship for the first time in history? Transplanted Irishman Jimmy MacMahon (Colm Meaney) and his motley English crew have their hearts set on it.
Meanwhile, back in County Clare, Ireland, Jimmy's stalwart older brother, John Joe (Bernard Hill) and his fiesty local band are determined to win the trophy for the third year in a row.
The long-standing feud between the MacMahon brothers finally boils over as each tries to sabotage the other and win the first prize, by hook or by crook.
Wnen Liverpudlian Teddy (Shaun Evans), Jimmy's best flute player, falls head-over-heels in love with Anne (Andrea Corr), the beautiful young fiddle player in John Joe's band, her overly protective mother, Maisie (Charlotte Bradley), fears her daughter will end up heartbroken.
In an attempt to stop Anne from seeing Teddy, Maisie tells her daughter her own deepest, darkest secret - the true identity of Anne's father. He is none other than John Joe's rotten but charming younger brother Jimmy, who promised Maisie the world and then abandoned her once she was pregnant.
Now, 20 years later, a boldfaced Jimmy shows up - with no apparent regrets - throwing Maisie into a tizzy and infuriating John Joe who was in love with Maisie himself before John Joe stole her heart.
When all the blarney's said and done, blood is still thicker than water, but - when the time comes to play - who' s going home with the trophy?  Who's going home with Anne?


Type of film
Running Time
90 mins
John Irvin
Wolfgang Esenwein, Ellen Little
Wolfgang Esenwein, Ellen Little
Ian Crafford
Nicholas Adams
Director of Photography
Thomas Burstyn
John Warhurst
Flachra Trench
Principal Cast
Phil Barantini, Andrea Corr, Shaun Evans

Production status


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Last updated 7th September 2006

Production Company

Studio Hamburg Worldwide Picture
c/o Overseas Film Group
Overseas Film Group
8000 Sunset Avenue
East Penthouse
Los Angeles
CA 90046

T + 1 323 337 1000
F+1 323 337 1078


Overseas Film Group
8000 Sunset Avenue
East Penthouse
Los Angeles
CA 90046

T+ 1 323 337 1000
F +1 323 337 1078