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A fairytale about two farms


MIXED REACTION The Irish accents of Jamie Dornan and Emily Blunt in the trailer for ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ have caused a stir.

Áine Ryan

WHAT is so wrong with proposing to a donkey? Sure begorrah and bedad after all the dreadful things Jamie Dornan did in Fifty Shades of Grey doesn’t he deserve to sound like a leprechaun! Let’s call a spade a spade, or should that be a loy a loy?
After all we are on home turf here when viewing trailers of ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ and isn’t it one of our own, Martina Niland, a slip of a cailín from Aughagower, who produced this latest indulgence in Oirishness.
And with Our Very Own Joe Biden – the crathur – about to start growing shamrock in  the White House polytunnel, sure those critics of Emily Blunt’s accent are just jealous. Green with envy. 
Shot this time last year in the Crossmolina area – just down the road from Potus-elect’s ancestral hometown of Ballina – the movie has a stellar line-up with Belfast boy, Dornan and Emily Blunt (The Girl on the Train) being joined by Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter, Pulp Fiction) and John Hamm (Mad Men) fame.
The real star, of course, is Nephin, which obviously provides the perfect dramatic backdrop to many of the shillelagh-like shenanigans.
Director John Patrick Shanley’s film is a classic love story with a soupcon of Paddywhackery. Sure isn’t it the perfect medicine for a protracted pandemic?
Or as its producer, Martina Niland told The Mayo News last night: “Wild Mountain Thyme is a timeless fable, with a heightened fairytale, lyrical tone. It is a film with a huge heart. I couldn’t be prouder to have been able to bring this film to my home county of Mayo to film last year. The people of Crossmolina and Ballina were so wonderful and welcoming to us.  
“We are so excited for everyone to see the (full) film and hopefully dispel some of the concerns that have come from the short trailer.  This film was made with a huge amount of love by all those involved.”
So no need for the commentariat to be all politically correct about it. Not when all our Irish-American cousins are planning to paint the US green once the orange Oompa Loompa heads off into the sunset.