The Rise of Domhnall Gleeson

If you went to the cinema at all last year, you must have seen a bit of Domhnall Gleeson’s face. After an accomplished year, acting in Star Wars, The Revenant and Ex Machina, we take a look at his seemingly overnight success.

Domhnall Gleeson Irish ActorDomhnall first entered our radar after watching About Time, the Richard Curtis rom-com about a teenager who finds out that the men in his family can travel through time. Like every Richard Curtis picture, this light-hearted concept turns into a story that has real emotional impact, a great lover story and a profound meditation on family.

Our favourite scene truly captured what its like to Live the Irish Life sometimes. Domhnall and Rachel McAdams plan a picturesque wedding, only to have it gatecrashed in epic proportions by a thunderous Irish storm. Read: any barbecue ever.

As you can see at the beinning of this majestic montage, About Time seemed to have Domnhall pegged for the awkward, shy romantic character. This character-type is well-trodden ground in Hollywood, drawing a path through serial self-deprecators Charlie Chaplin, Jack Lemmon, Woody Allen and Steve Carell.

Domnhall certainly has that tool in his belt, and even in the short clip above you can see how much heart he is able to bring to the character. The scene is basically centred around his reactions to McAdams’ entrance, so if his performance had been any less genuine, the moment would have fallen flat.

What is so impressive about Domhnall Gleeson is that he has refused to have his talents tied down. Domhnall has shown great dramatic chops, playing complex, darker characters with a troubled side in Ex Machina and The Revenant. He has also gone full-on evil dictator in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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This takes an actor who could have easily been typecast into a Hugh Grant / Michael Cera caricature, into someone who has the potential to be an unlikely star of Hollywood. He is that rare actor who would be as fitting cast as both Bond and a Bond villain.

On the trajectory he is heading, we can definitely see him heading into one of those roles in the future. Maybe we should start the petition for the Domhnall to take over after Daniel Craig is finished with the role. Surely Brosnan can’t be our only representative of an Irish Bond!

What’s the most important item in your home?

I’d say my home is pretty secure (touch wood), I’ve not had any real problems in the 14 years I’ve lived there. A new survey from Chill Insurance says the majority of us Irish agree their house is secure. 449 were asked and 57% said they were secure. However, a shocking 3% said there’s wasn’t! So if there ever was a problem, what item would you save in the house?

Family photos came on top as the most important household possessions at 33%, followed by 24% rating their computer or laptop highest (PS4 for me!) An impressive 57% of those survey said their household pets help out with security! This is why I need a dog…

Check out this sweet visual below…

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It’s That Time Of Year Again? New Year’s Resolution

It’s that time of the year again where we all look back on the past year and think about all the wrongs we did (dry January anyone?), so we decided to take part in Furniture at Work‘s New Year’s Work Resolution campaign.

So here’s ours… It’s time to be a bit more organised in 2016. How long will it last? Probably not long, we’ve already lost the office window key.

What’s your New Year’s work resolution then? We’d love to know.

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Something Extra: Cure Acne in 7 Days

For our “Something Extra” post this week, we stumbled upon this from Adjustable Beds… Cure Acne in 7 days? Worth a try that!

It’s an independent study on how how good sleep can have an effect on clearer skin. The video follows a girl called Dorothy who documents her week of better sleep, getting 8 hours a night (sounds good to us) and whether her skin is clearing up over the days.

Her skin is looking a fairly better at the end of it, so we’re gonna give it a try too, jumping at the chance of more sleep 😉 let us know if you’re up for it!

#IrishUpAMovieOrActor – The Best Bits!

Twitter never fails to disappoint, so today we were delighted to see #IrishUpAMovieOrActor trending all over the UK. We decided to pick out the best ones for your delight! 😂👍

Think or seen any better? Let us know…

Let’s Type About Sex

Getting Advice Online

We’ve come across this campaign from Lloyds Online Doctor where they’ve found out 68% of us under 24 in Ireland would prefer to receive contraception online.

This has got us thinking… would you prefer this or going to the doctor? It can be pretty nerve-wracking making that trip, but you do feel like the info given is correct, whereas info online anyone can write…right?

Following on from the success of their ‘Sex Degrees of Separation’ campaign, LloydsOnlineDoctor recently conducted a ‘Let’s Type About Sex’ survey, questioning 474 Irish men and women about their sexual health preferences.

Along with the stat above, 12% of parents said they’re undecided about chatting to us about it, have you had “the conversation” with them?

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A Healthy Revision Guide For GCSE

Oxford Home Schooling ran an online focus group to gather top revision tips and tricks from the experts. They surveyed current students, former students, health and fitness experts and teachers to gather the best tips for a healthy revision guide.

Has anyone got exams coming up? Check out the eBook below, there’s some great tips on revision, or if you just wanna know which foods help your brain, then there’s that too!

The eBook is completely free and can be downloaded via the link below:

A Healthy Revision Guide For GCSE: FREE DOWNLOAD

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Things You Didn’t Know About Ireland

Following on from our “Irish Facts” post we wrote last week (very popular), we did some more research to find out some things you might not know about Ireland. Here we go…

More Guinness is Sold in Nigeria than Ireland

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Yes we couldn’t believe it either, we’re famous for Guinness but there’s more sold in Nigeria. They’ve even got a brewery in Lagos making the stuff, which was the first outside of Ireland and Britain.

It once rained in Ireland for 40 days

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Does anyone remember this? In 2007 it actually rained for 40 days straight, and it was in Summer! This hasn’t happened since but we’ve been close (let’s move abroad?)

Technically, it is an offense to be drunk in public in Ireland

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Regulations introduced in 2011 allow the police to issue on-the-spot fines for anyone caught being drunk in a public place in Ireland. Own up, who’s been caught?

Only two members of U2 were actually born in Ireland

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The Edge, was born in London, to Welsh parents, and Adam Clayton, U2’s bassist, was born in Oxfordshire, England. There’s only Bono and Larry Mullen Jr. who were actually born in Ireland.