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The 80s taught us many valuable things. That knowing is half the battle. That, despite mass emigration and hardship, we were apparently living way beyond our means. And of course, that nobody puts Baby in a corner. Seriously, don’t even try. Patrick Swayze will be furious. And starting off August, you can see that for yourself as Happenings show Dirty Dancing for their latest Open Air Cinema.

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When Once was first released in cinemas ten years ago it was an unlikely contender to be a hit. Filmed on a shoestring budget, with scenes shot on Dublin’s streets without a permit and starring two non-actor in then-teenaged Markéra Irglová and the divisive Frames frontman Glen Hansard, John Carney’s film ended up making millions at the box-office, placing high on many critics’ end-of-year lists for the strong cinematic year of 2007 and winning the Best Original Song Academy Award for Falling Slowly. It’s a film that has been entered into the canon of Irish favourites, and a great choice to watch on a (hopefully) bright summer evening on a nice cosy blanket. So with that in mind, Happenings in association with 7Up have picked out Once to be the next film for their Open Air Cinema.

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