Cambria Ship

Amateur, Irish Culture
Directed by:
Father Jack Delany
Produced by:
Father Jack Delany


31 sec

A newlywed couple board the TSS Cambria II in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. They bid farewell to their loved ones and set sail for Holyhead, Wales.

The Twin Screw Steamer, Cambria, serviced the Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead route from 1921 to 1948 until it was replaced with the motor vessel Cambria.

Father Jack Delany (1906-1980) was ordained in 1930 at the age of 24 and served as a parish priest in Dublin in the 1930s and 1940s. He served mainly around Seán McDermott Street (then Gloucester Street), Rutland Street and Gardiner Street. His films offer a fascinating glimpse of life at the time in inner-city Dublin and include scenes of trips with parishioners, tenement life, school children at play, religious processions, and residents of the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity Convent (which housed a Magdalene Laundry).

To see more of The Father Delany Collection, click here.

With kind permission of Irene Devitt.