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    Irish movies screened in Westerly leading up to St. Patrick’s Day

    A scene from “Roise & Frank” (Submitted)

    The United in Westerly is celebrating Irish culture with a film series that leads up to St. Patrick’s Day.

    The series will be held in partnership with the Irish Coastal Club, a Rhode Island non-profit that shares Irish culture with the community through a variety of special events and classes.

    “Roise & Frank” will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, “Song of the Sea” at 1 p.m. March 10 and “Herself” at 7 p.m. March 12. Tickets are $10 to each movie and available at www.unitedtheatre.org.

    The Irish Coastal Club will hold a reception at 6 p.m. on March 5 and 12. The reception is free to ticket-holders.

    Proceeds will support Irish Coastal Club free events featuring artists, musicians, and speakers, as well as bimonthly Gaeilge (Irish language) classes. In addition, for the past 10 years the ICC has provided scholarships to high school seniors from Westerly, Stonington and New London.

    In “Róise & Frank,” grief-stricken Róise lost her husband, Frank, two years ago. Her son, Alan, worries about her, but the arrival of a mysterious dog seems to bring happiness to her life once more. Róise soon comes to believe that the dog is, in fact, Frank reincarnated. He has come back to be with her again ... and to coach the local sports team.

    In “Song of the Sea,” an Irish youth (David Rawle) discovers that his mute sister is a selkie who must find her voice and free supernatural creatures from the spell of a Celtic goddess (Fionnula Flanagan). This animated film is family-friendly.

    In “Herself,” single mother Sandra (Clare Dunne) escapes her abusive partner with her two young children, only to find herself trapped in temporary accommodation. After months of struggling, she draws inspiration from one of her daughter’s bedtime stories and hits upon the idea of self-building an affordable home.

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