Sinn Féin Rebels

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


2 mins
Silent with English Intertitles

In this newsreel we see disarmed Sinn Féin rebels marching from the Richmond Barracks in Inchicore to be deported in Kingstown (now known as Dun Laoghaire).

The Richmond Barracks is where more than 3,000 rebels including 1916 Rising leaders were sent for executions or to prison camps in England and Wales. A still of Eoin Mac Neill is shown towards the end of the newsreel. Mac Neill established the Irish Volunteers in 1913, and served as Chief-of-Staff. He held this position at the outbreak of the Easter Rising but had no role in the Rising or its planning, and after learning about the Easter Monday uprising he confronted Patrick Pearse and put up a last-minute news advertisment advising Volunteers not to take part. He was later elected to the First Dáil as a member of Sinn Féin.