Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 80, DUBLIN CREATION BALL
Set in the lavish surroundings of Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel Ballroom, Lady Valerie Goulding hosts a ladies fashion show to raise money for the Central Remedial Clinic.
The December night was full of glitz and glamour, with cocktails, dancing and music provided by 1960s swingers ‘Earl Gill & the Hoedowners’. The proceeds made from the night went to support children suffering from polio.
The audience was resplendent in their finest evening wear, but it was the evening’s main event, a competition for the most beautiful dress, that was the highlight of the night. The prize was a highly coveted fur coat and all ladies in attendance could enter, but it was Mrs. Collins who caught the judge’s eye and was presented with her award by Lady Valerie Goulding. Lady Goulding was a Senator and an Irish campaigner for people with disabilities who set up the Central Remedial Clinic in 1951. It is now the largest national organization looking after people with physical disabilities. In the 1950s polio, which can cause paralysis and is almost always irreversible, was very common in Ireland. In 1957 the polio vaccine was introduced and by the mid-1960s the infection rate of polio had fallen by ninety six percent.
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.
With kind permission of Gael Linn.