Film & Television

John Maguire: Heart-warming Irish film that follows the tale of a wise old dog

The Irish-language film Róise and Frank proves that the simplest of premises, when done right, can conjure up an entire world

Bríd Ní Neachtain and Barley in Róise and Frank: the Irish-language film is funny, sweet and a bit corny

Set in the gorgeous Waterford Gaeltacht around Ring, Rachael Moriarty and Peter Murphy’s tender shaggy dog comedy Róise & Frank introduces us to a middle-aged woman (Bríd Ní Neachtain) during the darkest period of her life. Her beloved husband Frank has recently died and Róise has almost completely withdrawn into herself. Stricken with grief, she passes her days alone at home, staring out the window as cups of tea go cold in her hands.

Róise’s ...