The Carlow director gives something uniquely Irish to the world.  

Carlow filmmaker Frank Mannion told RTÉ Entertainment that he hopes his all-star feature documentary   

Quintessentially Irish "is the catalyst for some of the 82 million people worldwide with Irish heritage to come and check out the Emerald Isle."  

President Michael D Higgins, US President Joe Biden, Prince Albert II of Monaco, Bob Geldof, actors Pierce Brosnan  

Jessie Buckley, Sharon Horgan, Jeremy Irons, and Andrew Scott, Grand National winner Rachael Blackmore, Olympic Champion Usain Bolt, and many others appear in the film as Mannion inquires about their perspectives on Ireland and the Irish.  

Mannion, a London-based filmmaker, just signed a worldwide distribution deal (except Ireland and the United Kingdom) with US   

Vision Films for Quintessentially Irish, which will be released in North America theatrically and on VOD on Tuesday, March 12. An Irish and UK release will follow on Friday, April 26.  

"After the success of my last film, Quintessentially British with Ian McKellen and Judi Dench, it seemed logical to tackle Quintessentially Irish  

Mannion said in an interview with RTÉ. "I was influenced by the fact that several of the British cast members had Irish roots.  

For example, Judi Dench considers herself half-Irish; her parents met while her father was studying medicine at Trinity. 

"I am a proud Carlow man who migrated to London after university and has lived there longer than I have in Ireland.   

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