Colin Farrell praises the Irish for their support and sense of civic duty

Colin Farrell

If there’s one thing you can rely on the Irish for it’s our generosity. Don’t believe us? Just take it from Oscar nominee Colin Farrell.

That’s right, The Banshees Of Inisherin actor has shared in a recent interview with Variety how he feels the Irish people are good at “supporting each other” and the “sense of civic duty” is strong in his native country.

Telling Variety: “No one country is the greatest in the world. Every country has its strengths and faults.

“But one thing the Irish do well is support each other; there is a sense of civic duty, looking out for each other.”

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The 46-year-old actor then went on to discuss his work with Debra Ireland charity, an organisation which focuses on the genetic blistering condition epidermolysis bullosa (EB).

He and his friend Emma Fogarty, who is an ambassador at the charity and lives with the condition herself, said they saw “massive amounts” of money raised following his appearances on Irish talk shows such as The Late Late, during a period of “economic downturn”.

“Emma is so brave and she talked about her condition and struggles, without any self-pity,” he shared.

He cites this as an example of people’s innate generosity.

Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell Pic: Andres Poveda

Colin also touched on his upbringing saying: “I come from working-class stock. My parents weren’t into films. Now, films are the cornerstones of my relations with my two sons.

“We watch them and talk about them. Little moments in a movie can be so huge, and it’s important as a father to discuss them. I’ve always learned a lot from films.”

Colin is up for Best Actor in this year’s Oscars ceremony for his role in The Banshees of Inisherin.

He’s one of 14 Irish nominations at this year’s awards.


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