GARDA DEPOT AUCTION – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 73

Newsreel, Irish Culture, Entertainment, History, Irish Language
Directed by:
Gael Linn
Produced by:
Gael Linn


1 min
Irish with English subtitles

It’s not often people willingly visit the Garda Depot, but when there’s a bargain to be had at a car auction, they make sure to come in their droves.

With 60 cars up for auction all varying in condition, it was essential to have a good look at what was on offer in the yard before the event started and money was put down. This auction used to take place twice a year and Des Kelly had a tough day coaxing the highest penny from these customers. They were looking for a bargain after all. With the highest price reaching £225 and the cheapest car going for only £50, there was at least one happy driver making his way home that evening.

Produced by Gael Linn, Amharc Éireann (A View of Ireland) is Ireland’s longest-running indigenous newsreel series. It was distributed to cinemas throughout the country to  promote the Irish language. Between 1956 and 1964, 267 editions of the newsreel were produced for cinema exhibition.

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With kind permission of Gael Linn.