Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 32, MOTORCYCLISTS “SPLASH” IN STAPLETON CUP
Competitors & spectators at the Stapleton Cup were gearing up for a thrilling fast and furious day of dirt bike racing at the infamous Motoring Club of Leinster.
The tracks of this famous circuit were known to be one of the most difficult around. The entire course stretched over 50 miles with each circuit averaging about 3 miles. The drivers traversed through mountains and rocky streams and slippery banks. Kit Gibson, who had been competing for the last 30 years, took to the course with abandon as the judges looked on. A foot on the ground lost you points and any sudden, accidental stops could have got you an unwanted bath!
The trails took place almost every weekend with crowds of people cheering on at the sidelines.
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
With kind permission of Gael Linn.