Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 126, JAPANESE GOODS ON DISPLAY
A visit to Brown Thomas’ sumptuous department store (when it was on the other side of the Grafton St) where a range of beautiful and unusual trinkets, toys and other goods from Japan are on display.
In 1961, it wasn’t uncommon in Ireland for many ordinary household items to be manufactured in Japan. However, this exhibition showcased goods which demonstrated the beauty of Japanese artistry in more delicate wares such as painted ceramics, traditionally-dressed dolls and intricate ornaments. This newsreel story shows the exhibition in Brown Thomas, Dublin’s most elegant and expensive department store, when it was located across the road from its current location (formerly Switzer’s) in the premises now occupied by Marks and Spencer.
The relationship between Ireland and Japan developed over the following years, and in 1964 the Japanese Embassy in Dublin opened.
Produced by Gael Linn, Amharc Eireann ( A view of Ireland) is Ireland’s longest running indigenous newsreel series. Made in the Irish language for the purpose of promoting its use, each episode featured a broad range of topics, from hard news stories to lighter magazine like items. Between 1956 and 1964, 267 editions of the newsreel were produced for cinema exhibition. To see more of the Gael Linn Collection click here.
With kind permission of Gael Linn.
Director – Colm O’Laoghaire
Producer – Colm O’Laoghaire
Writer – Breandan O'hEithir, Mairtin O'Cadhain
Commentary- Padraig O'Raghallaigh
Sound - Peter Hunt, Gene Martin, Morgan O'Sullivan and Paddy Gleeson.
Music- Gerard Victory