Is it the Dawn?

The Irish Independence Film Collection
Directed by:
Topical Film Company
Produced by:
Topical Film Company


52 sec
Silent with English Intertitles

Éamon de Valera (having previously refused interviews) released this statement to the world exclusively through Topical following truce talks with Lord Middleton between July 4th and 8th 1921. This intertitle-only newsreel is unusual as we see his quote from an extract of the poem Celts and Saxons by poet Thomas Davis.

‘Ireland is fighting solely for the right to live her own life in her own way. She loves equally all her children and she needs them all’.

‘Oh! it were a gallant deed to show before mankind, How every race and every creed might be by love combined ? Might be combined, yet not forget the fountains whence they rose. As, filled by many a rivulet, the stately Shannon flows’.