Amharc Eireann: Dublin Christmas Lights
December 1962 and traffic in Dublin was at a standstill as the crowds gather on O’Connell bridge awaiting Santa’s arrival.
Rudolph et al must have been resting for the big night as Santa chose a rather unorthodox method of transport water-skiing his way up the Liffey to mark the beginning of the festivities. The streets were lit up with a canopy of fairy lights, each shop window adorned with gifts and decorations. Shoppers bustled through Moore Street and Henry Street ready to snatch up a bargain as the children gazed at the classic toys and goodies on display.
Produced by Gael Linn, Amharc Éireann ( A view of Ireland) is Ireland’s longest-running indigenous newsreel series. It was distributed to cinemas throughout the country to promote the Irish language. The first 36 issues were produced as single-topic films which were released monthly, followed in 1959 by weekly, multi-story newsreels featuring a broad range of topics, from hard news stories to lighter magazine-style 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 Ó Laoghaire
Producer – Colm Ó Laoghaire
Camera – Jim Mulkerns, Vincent Corcoran, Val Ennis and Nick O’Neill
Writer – Breandán Ó hEithir, Máirtín Ó Cadhain
Commentary- Padraig Ó Raghallaigh
Sound - Peter Hunt, Gene Martin, Morgan O'Sullivan and Paddy Gleeson.
Music- Gerard Victory