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Irelands Agony

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The Burning of Cork by British forces took place on the night of December 11th and 12th 1920 , during the Irish War of Independence. It followed an Irish Republican Army ambush of a British Auxiliary patrol in the city, which wounded twelve auxiliaries, one fatally. In retaliation the Auxiliaries, Black and Tans and British […]

Trial of Casement

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This newsreel contains various segments. The first short item captures crowds waiting to hear the outcome of the trial of British diplomat turned Irish nationalist Sir Roger Casement at Bow Street Magistrates Court. Only one piece of footage of Casement is known to exist and, for this Topical Budget’s newsreel, cameras had to improvise as […]

Irish Catholic Ceremony at Cashel Castle

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This newsreel shows the Catholic Emancipation Centenary Celebration which took place at the Rock of Cashel in June 1929. This was the first time mass was celebrated on the Rock in 300 years. Count John McCormack, a famous Irish tenor, can be seen performing to the enormous crowd during the Mass. The Rock of Cashel […]

Curragh Stable Lads Strike

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The early 1920s were a turbulent time for Ireland. Following the War of Independence and The Civil War, Ireland experienced a severe economic depression. Farmers in the west of Ireland were the most severely hit with poor harvest prospects and little to no employment prospects. One industry that was still thriving during these difficult economic […]

Sandycove Gala

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It is Summer, Dublin, 1923 and this newsreel shows the footage of annual Sandycove Gala and Dun Laoghaire Regatta in full swing, with some additional shots of Pembroke Cricket club in Sandymount. The crowds are dressed in their finest attire to cheer on participants, a man conducts a group of boys playing instruments and swimmers bravely […]

Free State or Republic

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Scenes of polling stations at the Irish general election are shown in this newsreel, where the main issue being voted on was whether the country should remain a Free State or become a full Republic –  the goal of de Valera’s Fianna Fáil party. Crowds of people gather on Marlborough Street and Free state soldiers […]

Fleet Visits Belfast

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The British fleet visits Belfast and ‘Liberty men’ come ashore (‘Liberty men’ was the term used for navy soldiers who were allowed off the ship). Four destroyer war ships are seen anchored as sailors hang over the railings of a vessel, cheering to the camera. A passenger boat crowded with sailors passes, the men clambering […]

Rebirth of a Nation

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This newsreel shows British troops unpacking lorries at the docks (possibly Dublin Port) and leaving Ireland, following the Anglo-Irish War. The interesting aspect of this footage is that it shows that British troops did not all leave immediately after the signing of The Treaty. Here they are departing in the middle of the Civil War […]

Mopping Up

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The Battle of Adare took place on August 4th 1922. This unique newsreel from the Pathé Collection records the moment a band of rebels are captured and hold their hands up to surrender. The anti-treaty Republican Army forces occupying the town came under artillery fire with an 18 Pound Howwitzers from pro-Treaty Free State Troops. […]

Irish National Army Sweeping On

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Scenes of fighting in Limerick are shown in this newsreel. National Army men fire field guns and rifles in the open countryside and Lancia armoured cars and omnibuses park outside a burnt-out building with a partially painted out sign ‘Vote Sinn Féin IRA.’ The Battle of Kilmallock took place between July 25th and August 5th […]

Trouble in Ireland

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This newsreel is a compilation of events that happened in Ireland between 1916 and 1922. The order of the events is not presented sequentially, but it gives a glimpse of the level of military presence and destruction in Ireland (predominantly Dublin city) during this time. The first segment shows British soldiers leaving Athlone Barracks following […]

Dublin War Scenes

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This remarkable footage highlights the events that happened in Dublin during the Civil War from June 28th to July 5th. It depicts the devastating use of artillery by the rebels against the Four Courts and the shootings and battles around O’Connell Street, Abbey Street and Portobello Bridge. Free state soldiers are seen handing out supplies […]