Much more violence mixed in with feline devotion comes into play. Davey's 16-year-old sister, Mairead (Bonnie Griffin), shoots him in the cheek with her air rifle because she thinks he killed Wee Thomas. (Her form of terrorism is to blind cows with her BB gun, at a sporting distance, to protest the meat industry.) Someone else as dangerous as Padraic also thinks Davey runs over cats: the grim, eye-patched Christy (Joe Ouellette). He and two henchmen, Joey (Jed Brainerd) and Brendan (Jeff Hodge), are in their own IRA splinter group, from which Padraic wants to splinter off.

Much of the humor that McDonagh provides is in incidental asides. When Padraic's heterosexuality is called into question as an insult, he huffs, "There are no boy-preferers involved in Irish terrorism, I'll have you know."

If you laughed at any or all of the above, do bear in mind that the closing scene has body parts strewn about as well as a rather chipper someone with his face dripping blood. Don't feel guilty. The gore is well-intended. The alternative is weeping.

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