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TIME OF DISCOVERY

Actress Meryl Streep, an old hand at acquiring exotic accents, had a little difficulty adapting an Irish dialect for her latest film -- until she took a sip of beer.

Streep, who was in Dublin on Wednesday for the premiere of "Dancing at Lughnasa," said once she "relaxed with a pint or two, it was fine."

The actress plays a 1930s Donegal spinster, the eldest of five unmarried sisters in the fictitious village of Ballybeg. She said she found the script "singularly unusual in its subject matter, subtlety, delicacy and aspiration."

The production was adapted from the Brian Friel play, which was a hit in London and on Broadway.

The movie gave Streep, 49, a chance to fulfill one of her dreams -- working with PatO'Connor, the movie's director.

"I've admired his work for a long time," she said.

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