City of Terror

The Irish Independence Film Collection
Directed by:
British Pathé
Produced by:
British Pathé


1 min 27 sec
Silent with English Intertitles

In this compilation newsreel from 1920, we see the first pictures from Derry where soldiers stand on streets during the War of Independence.

‘The aftermath’ intertitle shows us the devastation the Civil War had on Dublin, showing the many shelled and gutted buildings. Many of these can be seen being pulled down by workers to avoid them from collapsing on someone.

Michael Collins can then be seen, in footage that appears to be from 1921, giving a speech to a large crowd of people outside the Mansion House in Dublin following the signing of the Anglo-Irish Peace Treaty.

The final segment is of Rory O’Connor, an Irish Republican activist, seen giving a speech to the Dublin City Brigade at Smithfield, April 1922.