Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 240, BRITTAS BAY
This newsreel from 1964 shows work being carried out on the beached ship “Seabank” which ran a ground after a severe storm and had been stuck in the sand in Brittas Bay for a nearly a year.
Built in 1935, the ship was sold to Irish International Shipping after it became beached on March 4th at Ardanairy in County Wicklow. The four-ton Cargo ship had been a fixture on the beach front, and many of the local residents were sad to see it go.
New owners, Captain Prout and Mr MacNulty from the Irish International Shipping company were on-hand to make sure the process went as planned. Two diggers worked day and night to remove sand from around the ship but now and again the tide came in to almost ruin their work. A canal was dug to try and divert the tide during the removal process using water from the river nearby. It was an arduous process and it took the removal of hundreds of thousands of tons of sand to help salvage the ship. The “Seabank” would eventually be re-floated and was then sold off for scrap.
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