Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 83, A WET CHRISTMAS IN HOWTH
What better way to spend Christmas day in 1961 than waterskiing in the freezing-cold Irish Sea?
With Howth Martello Tower just visible in the distance, Mr and Mrs Carr brave the cold waters at Balscadden Bay as onlookers, in awe of this chilly Christmas tradition, cheer them on. The traditional Christmas swim continues still in Ireland today with dippers braving the chilly waters, often for charitable purposes, from one end of the country to the other.
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