Birds and Beasts

Amateur, Irish Culture
Directed by:
Desmond Egan
Produced by:
Desmond Egan


14 mins

This amateur film, shot in 1946, is a remarkable and nostalgic window into a family day out at Dublin Zoo. Families enjoy the sights and sun and children take a tour of the zoo on top of an elephant. Desmond Egan’s lens focuses on various animals from lions and chimpanzees to pheasants and peacocks. Egan was one of the first in Ireland to film in colour and Birds and Beasts was shot on 16mm Kodachrome film.

Desmond Egan was a skilled amateur filmmaker with a background in professional production. A wine merchant by trade, he lived with his wife and 4 daughters in Glenageary, Co Dublin. His films were shot between 1937 and 1946 and the collection of silent, colour films includes home movies, short dramas and documentaries on a range of subjects.

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With kind permission of the Egan family.