Starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle, The Guard is a black comedy written and directed by John Michael McDonagh. 

When Connemara becomes a location for drug smuggling, a local unorthodox Garda (policeman) must work with a straight-laced FBI agent, in which a series of events occurs. Based on box office takings, The Guard is to date, the most successful independent Irish film ever made. 

The film was shot in Connemara, in particular in the townlands of Spidéal (Spiddal), Bearna (Barna) and Leitir Mealláin (Lettermullen).

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