A digital restoration of the 1938 film featuring Jimmy O’Dea & Noel Purcell

17 March 2022

IFI International

Blarney features well-loved comedian Jimmy O’Dea as hapless cough-medicine salesman who plies his trade along the Irish Border. He runs into trouble when he crosses paths with a pair of jewel thieves. High jinks ensue and cross-border rivalry for the affections of a local girl brews between a southern Garda (Noel Purcell) and a Northern RUC man. The film was shot in 1938 in the villages of Carlingford and Greenore.

This digital restoration by the IFI Irish Film Archive was supported by The MEDIA sub-programme of Creative Europe.

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