Wednesday 17 October 2018

How the Hiberno-Brits raised the bar

Irish-Brits have helped to reshape popular culture by channelling their innate outsider nature into something creative, writes Brendan O'Neill

HIT: McDonagh's film might be set in Missouri, but is has his Irish instincts.
HIT: McDonagh's film might be set in Missouri, but is has his Irish instincts.

Brendan O'Neill

Those of us who have Irish blood but an English heart, in Morrissey's immortal words, were watching the Oscars ceremony last week with bated breath.

Because one of our brood - one of our tribe, one of us Irish-Brits - was up for some of the big gongs.

In the event Martin McDonagh didn't bag an Oscar for his brilliant Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (though it gave Frances McDormand her second 'Best Actress' award). But it was doubtless a big night for the playwright turned movie-maker. As I watched him sitting there in the Dolby Theatre, I thought not bad for a boy from a London-Irish enclave. For the son of a construction worker from Connemara and a house-cleaner from Sligo. British-born but Irish-made.

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