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Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 130, Christmas Cards Help World’s Refugees

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Oscar-winning actor Dame Margaret Rutherford visited Trinity College in December 1961 to help promote the launch of charity Christmas Cards. Enterprising students were selling cards depicting famous paintings reproduced with the kind permission of the National Gallery of Ireland.  The proceeds would go towards the Irish Pere Pire Refugee Fund. Pere Dominique Pire (full name: […]

Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 83, Puss in Boots Panto

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The legendary Panto “Puss in Boots” comes to Our Ladys Hall on Mourne road in Drimnagh. This amateur production looks anything but and the locals are out in force cheering on the stars of the show. Many people from Crumlin and Drimnagh offer their spare time to help put the show together from the actors […]

Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 201, Toys – Buy Now for Christmas

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This April 1963 edition of the newsreel shows a fun-filled toy fair in Dublin allowing audiences a preview of treats in store for Christmas later that year. From tricycles to fashion dolls and remote control cars, there was something for every child at this show. Many of the toys were from the British Tri-ang range. […]

Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 187, Moving Crib Tells Christmas Story

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A popular Dublin tradition, a Christmas time visit to the Moving Crib in Parnell Square was sure to delight young and old. A nativity scene was created using over 100 mechanical handcrafted figures set against a delicately hand-painted back-drop. Based in 30 Parnell Square at St Martin Apostolate, the Moving Crib, which opened in 1956, […]

Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 133, Dublin Lights up for Christmas

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December 1961 and Dublin was teeming with colourful lights from O’Connell to Grafton Street and  the city was electrified with festive cheer. This city centre was “packed like never before”. People descended on the brightly lit shops to buy perfect gifts for loved ones and to enjoy the very special atmosphere that’s fills the streets […]

Amharc Eireann: Dublin Christmas Lights

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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 […]

Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 83, Christmas Day Swim

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This newsreel records the annual Dublin Swimming Club Christmas swim, which took place at the Clontarf Baths on a freezing December morning in 1961. The crowd of wrapped-up onlookers cheered on the athletes as they braved the cold waters. The winner was Neil Kennedy who was awarded his trophy by actress and comedienne Maura Potter. […]

Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 83, A WET CHRISTMAS IN HOWTH

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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 […]

Radharc: Christy Brown- My Left Foot

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This Radharc film originally aired in October 1962 and documents the life of the famous Irish painter and writer, Christy Brown.   In the film Father Peter Lemass visits Christy at home in Crumlin, talks with him and shows us his work. Christy Brown was born on 5th of June 1932 in Crumlin, Dublin, the tenth […]


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This colour advertisement from the 1970s for the Irish Hospital Sweepstakes, is one of many similar films preserved in the IFI Irish Film Archive and contains the iconic tagline “If you’re not in, you can’t win”. The Irish Hospitals’ Sweepstake was a lottery that began in 1930 as the Irish Free State Hospitals’ Sweepstake, it was established due […]


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This Irish Hospital Sweepstakes advert of an actual draw was originally broadcast in the 1960’s.With over £285,000 at stake, if you had a ticket you had “as good a chance as anybody anywhere of winning”. The Irish Hospitals’ Sweepstake was a lottery established in the Irish Free State in 1930 as the Irish Free State Hospitals’ Sweepstake to finance hospitals. It […]

Lemon’s Sweets: Gems Advertisement

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This delightful animated advertisement for Lemon’s sweets was originally exhibited in cinemas in 1958. It is one of 3 adverts that were made by the company at this time, with this being the only one in colour. In 1842 Graham Lemon opened The Confectioners Hall at 49 Lower Sackville Street (now O’Connell Street ) in […]