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Riots in Belfast

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During the War of Independence between 1920 -1922, Belfast experienced some of the worst rioting of the early 20th century, from the summer of 1920 right through to Autumn of 1922. This brief newsreel shows some of the devastation caused by rioting and destruction, as children are seen playing in the ruins and debris of […]

Dublin Ireland in the Wake of the Battle

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The Battle of Dublin was a week of street battles in Dublin from June 28th  to July 5th 1922 that marked the beginning of the Irish Civil War. Six months after the Anglo-Irish Treaty ended the recent Irish War of Independence, Civil War was fought between the forces of the new Provisional Government and a […]

Curious Persons

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In this newsreel from Dublin July 1922, rebels have barricaded themselves inside the Four Courts with sandbags stacked in front of the gates. Passersby gather to try and have a look through the gates and little boys march back and forth with ‘rifles’ (wooden sticks) in hand. The Civil War ravaged the city of Dublin […]

Belfast

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This newsreel is set in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in the early 1920s. In contrast to other newsreels from this period, this footage focuses on the more relaxed day to day life activities in the area. From beautiful scenic views of the nearby countryside to the hustle and bustle of the city markets, this newsreel feels […]

Irish Personalities

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This selection of newsreel sequences shows the trial of in August 1920 of Terence Mac Swiney (Sinn Féin Lord Mayor of Cork) and other events in Cork in 1920.  The opening sequence, unusual for its time, appears to have been shot inside the Cork Courthouse. The Courthouse exterior is seen with a group of children […]

Give Up Yer Aul Sins

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Give Up Yer Aul Sins is an Academy Award® nominated short film, which humorously reenacts original recordings of Dublin schoolrooms in the 1960s made by Peig Cunningham and subsequently rediscovered and released by EMI. In the film, a documentary crew arrives to film the activities of the classroom. The teacher chooses Mary to retell, in […]

Farley’s Rusks: Snakes & Ladders

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An advertisement for Farley’s Rusks, featuring children playing on a huge Snakes & Ladders floor mat. A jingle to the tune of Pop goes the Weasel begins: ‘Growing up on Farley’s…’ and a voiceover describes the benefits of eating the rusks. To see more from The Irish Adverts Project, click here.

Christmas in the City – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 237

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In December 1963 Dublin was humming with excitement as crowds gathered in their droves to see the Christmas lights adorn the streets. Henry Street was overflowing with busy shoppers, enticed by the winter wonderland window displays and bargains at the market stalls on Moore Street. Children eagerly waited to meet Santa in his grotto, while […]

Puss in Boots Panto – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 83

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The legendary Panto Puss in Boots comes to Our Lady’s Hall, Mourne Road, Drimnagh. This amateur production has the whole community busily involved. Locals from Crumlin and Drimnagh offer their spare time and skills to help production, from acting and costume design to set design, electrics and carpentry. This is a play made by the […]

Birds and Beasts

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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 […]

Children’s Play

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This beautifully shot footage dates from the 1930s and depicts children at play featuring fine costumes and a dressed stage that would rival many professional productions. It’s one of the many gems from the Father Delany Collection. Father Jack Delany (1906-1980) was ordained in 1930 at the age of 24 and served as a parish […]