Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 126, MISS DUBLIN WINS CONTEST
In the Abbey Dance Hall in Drogheda, a group of ladies from 6 counties competed in the finals of a beauty contest to be crowned “Miss Mannequin 1961”.
Local beauty contests were very popular in Ireland in the 1950s and ‘60s. Contestants from all over Ireland took part in this event with ladies travelling from Meath, Kilkenny, Kildare and Dublin. The winner on this occasion was Dubliner Deirdre Ní Rinn who caught the judge’s eye and took the crown.
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