5 ROMANTIC movies set in Ireland for this Valentine’s Day

Looking forward to a cosy Valentine’s Day? Cuddle up with your significant other for a movie night with the best romantic movies set in Ireland.

5 romantic movies set in Ireland to watch this Valentine's Day

While we all enjoy fancy date-nights out once in a while, we equally love quiet evenings on the couch with our favourite person in the world. And what could be more romantic than watching a great rom-com with chocolate and some sparkling wine on Valentine’s Day?

If that sounds like a good idea to you, and all you are still missing is that perfect movie, read on. We have put together a list of our five favourite romantic movies set in Ireland – from classics to new ones.

Ireland Before You Die’s top facts about the romantic movies set in Ireland

  • Brooklyn, starring Saoirse Ronan, explores themes of immigration from Ireland to America in the 1950s. The film also explores the difficulties faced with love and choices. 
  • The movie Leap Year focuses on the Irish tradition which allows women to flip the script and propose to men during a leap year on 29th February. 
  • The famous movie PS I Love You is set in Ireland and showcases some of the Emerald Isle’s most impressive landscapes, such as the Wicklow Mountains. Irish traditions and music also feature in the film. 
  • Once is a musical drama which features the Oscar-winning song of “Falling Slowly”. It is made all the better for showcasing the streets and music scene of Dublin. 
  • Sing Street explores the power of music and self-expression. It is a coming-of-age story with a romantic subplot with a backdrop of 1980s Dublin.

5. P.S. I Love You (2007) – the ultimate proof that love never dies

P.S. I Love You is one of 5 romantic movies set in Ireland to watch this Valentine's Day

We smiled and cried through Cecelia Ahern’s novel P.S. I Love You, and the screen version is an equally emotional rollercoaster ride. Starred by Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler, it tells the story of a young widow, Holly, who discovers her late husband Gerry has left her ten letters intended to help her get through the grief over his death by illness.

As heartbreaking as the plot sounds at first glance, don’t be fooled to believe you will sob through your entire Valentine’s night. We promise that despite the tearful beginning, there will be a lot of happy, uplifting moments, too. And honestly, what’s more romantic than true love that lasts even after death tears you apart?

The hit movie was shot in Dublin’s legendary Whelan’s pub and County Wicklow, with Blessington Lakes, Lacken, the Wicklow Mountains, and The Sally Gap modelling as the perfect backdrop for one of the most emotional romantic comedies set in Ireland.

4. Brooklyn (2015) – Saoirse Ronan’s first major romantic hit

Brooklyn is one of the best romantic movies set in Ireland to watch this Valentine's Day

Saoirse Ronan took fans and critics by storm with her latest movie adventure Little Women, and we can’t wait to see what’s next for the Irish superstar. However, Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to watch (or re-watch) the film that initially made her a household name around the world.

In Brooklyn, Ronan plays an Irish immigrant to the US in the 1950s that falls head over heels in love with an Italian American local (Emory Cohen). The honeymoon phase ends abruptly though when the past catches up with Eilis and she has to choose between her family and her new beau, her original and her adopted home.

A captivating love story with an outstanding cast, the film inspired by Nick Hornby’s novel with the same name is a modern classic and definitely one of our favourite romantic movie set in Ireland. “Brooklyn” was shot for three weeks in Enniscorthy, Wexford and Dublin before finishing off in Montreal, Canada.

READ MORE: See where Brooklyn ranks on our list of the best Irish movies on Netflix and Amazon Prime right now

3. Leap Year (2010) – a hilarious love triangle story set in Dublin

Leap Year is one of the best romantic movies set in Ireland to watch this Valentine's Day
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Thinking about proposing on Valentine’s Day but nervous as to whether you will get a “yes”? Cuddle up with your guy or gal to watch Leap Year and we promise, it will all look a lot less daunting afterwards.

The romantic comedy follows Anna Brady (played by the gorgeous Amy Adams) as she travels to Dublin on Leap Day to ask her boyfriend Jeremy (Adam Scott) to marry her. According to Irish tradition, a man who receives a marriage proposal that day must accept. However, things don’t quite go according to plan and while we don’t want to take away too much of the excitement, there’s an emergency plane landing and a new beau involved.

“Leap Year” is a fun love story showing off some of the Emerald’s most beautiful places, including Aran Island, Connemara and Wicklow National Park as well as Dublin’s Temple Bar, making it one of the must-see romantic movies set in Ireland.

RELATED: Mix movies with some magic around Ireland and read IB4UD’s piece on the top 10 romantic places in Ireland for Valentine’s Day

2. Once (2007) – an award-winning classic with Glen Hansard

Once is a film set in Dublin

Chances are Once rings some bells as it earned Dublin-born director John Carney international fame and musician and main character Glen Hansard (another Dubliner) an Academy Award for “Best Song” (“Falling Slowly”). The charmingly understated screen romance (filmed with a mini-budget of just € 130,000!) is set on the bustling streets of the capital where Hansard plays a busker losing his heart to a music-loving immigrant (Markéta Irglová).

Once is a mix of love story and catchy music following the couple’s one-week romance while writing and recording songs together. Be prepared to laugh, cry and feel with them as the chemistry between Hansard and Irglová is absolutely magical.

The film opens with Glen Hansard singing his heart out on Grafton Street and goes on to feature more Dublin landmarks such as Temple Bar, St. Stephen’s Green Park and George’s Street Arcade.

1. Sing Street (2016) – a charming mix of love and music with an 80s vibe

Sing Street is a film that takes place in Ireland in the 90s
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We are huge fans of John Carney, so we just had to include another of his films on the list: Sing Street is one of the most recent romantic Irish movies, and our favourite Valentine’s treat especially for music enthusiasts. Perfectly capturing the spirit of 1980s Dublin, the movie tells the story of high school teen Connor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo), who forms a band to impress the mysterious girl of his dreams.

While the teen romance sets the frame for the feel-good movie, it’s equally filled with great songs and stunning live performances by the talented, mostly Irish cast. Love U2? Even better as Sing Street has plenty of nods towards the rockstar’s early days (not a big surprise considering Bono was heavily involved in the production!).

Sing Street was filmed in and around Dublin, with prominent locations including St Catherine’s Park on Hanbury Lane, Coliemore Harbour on Dalkey Island, Dun Laoghaire Harbour East Pier and Synge Street Christian Brothers School where Carney himself spent his teenage years.

READ: Plan next Valentine’s Day with our article on 10 romantic getaways in Ireland for 2024

Your questions answered about romantic movies set in Ireland

What romantic comedy movie takes place in Ireland?

A fantastic romantic comedy that takes place in Ireland is Leap Year.

What is the movie where a woman goes to Ireland?

This is also Leap Year! Anna Brady, from Boston, travels to Ireland to propose to her Irish boyfriend due to the Irish tradition that allows for this on a leap year (29th February).

Is there any Irish films on Netflix?

There are a number of Irish films on Netflix, which include The Siege of Jadotville, The Wonder, Philomena, Leap Year, and Brain on Fire.

What is considered to the #1 romantic movie?

Casablanca would be regarded as the number one romantic movie of all time.


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