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First Communion

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In this film, Father Delany captures a group of children dressed in their finest outfits, proudly walking down an inner city Dublin street on their way to First Holy Communion. A crowd gathers at the railings of the church to see the event and wave at the camera. Father Jack Delany (1906-1980) was ordained in […]

Corpus Christi

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This amateur film by Father Jack Delany shows members of the inner city parish participating in the annual Corpus Christi procession, a Roman Catholic ritual celebrating the Eucharist. Traditionally all Catholic parishioners attended. In Father Delany’s film we see children in their first holy communion and other religious attire. Father Jack Delany (1906-1980) was ordained […]

Croquet

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This rare footage shows gentlemen (who appear to be Christian Brothers) playing croquet and relaxing in their spare time. Father Jack Delany (1906-1980) was ordained in 1930 at the age of 24 and served as a parish priest in Dublin in the 1930s and 1940s. He served mainly around Seán McDermott Street (then Gloucester Street), […]