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The Horgan Brothers Collection: HUNGER STRIKERS

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This film captures the return to Ireland of Irish Republican prisoners who had been on hunger strike in Wormwood Scrubs prison, London. After the 1916 Rising a large number of Cork men were interned for their active role in the rebellion, many ending up being sent to Wormwood Scrubs and often resorting to hunger strike […]

The Horgan Brothers Collection: CLOCK TOWER ANIMATION

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The Youghal Clock Tower is a light hearted and playful exploration of the possibilities of animation in its infancy. In this short the well-known landmark is depicted dancing into frame as the clock gate comes to life, spinning and dancing through the main street of the Cork town. It should be noted that 1910 is […]

Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 240, BRITTAS BAY

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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 […]

Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 80, TRAVELLING PEOPLE

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On 1st of December 1960, Gardaí visited every traveller caravan in the country on behalf of a commission set up by the Government to investigate the case of the “Knights of the Road”. The camp which was full of barrel-topped caravans with exquisite wooden carvings and decorative painted exteriors, was located in Cherry Orchard just […]

Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 80, FUR OF THE FUTURE

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Moriarty makes his debut at the show where 100s of chinchillas are exhibited and judged. However unlike the tribunal, poor Moriarty will not be able to avoid his fate. P.J. Holland, a judge from Wales, inspected the coats and assessed the quality of the fur. Judges from all over world came to these shows to […]

Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 80, BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIPS

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The All Ireland Badminton Championships Men’s Doubles took place in Terenure in Dublin on the 16th of December 1960, where the Ulster and Leinster teams fought for the title. Winston Wilkinson or “Wilkie” and David McCullough, were the Leinster team and played David Porter and Leslie McAlpine from Ulster. Wilkie, a Belfast man, must have […]

Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 80, DUBLIN CREATION BALL

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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 […]


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This long-form documentary profiles veteran Irish photographer, Colman Doyle, who has documented almost every major historical event in Ireland over a 50 year period. Directed by James Kelly, this insightful documentary explores Doyle’s vast archive of photographs covering  the political, social and economic history of Ireland – both North and South – through the second […]

Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 171, ROSE OF TRALEE FINAL 1962

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The Rose of Tralee took place on September 3rd 1962 at the Ashe Memorial Hall in Tralee. The competition was fierce, with the colourful Roses, lovely young women from all over the world, competing for the prestigious title.Every year the festival brought young women of Irish descent from around the world to Kerry for a […]

Father Delaney Collection: DUBLIN ZOO

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A school visit to Dublin Zoo on a fine summer’s day. The highlight is a visit to the elephant’s enclosure where the Zookeeper demonstrates to the school boys how he can mount the elephant like a horse. Father Jack Delaney (1906-1980) was ordained in 1930 at the age of 24 and served as a parish […]

Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 171, AUTUMN FASHIONS ON PARADE

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Dublin on November 1962, The House of Cassidy’s on South George’s Street was abuzz with excitement as the Autumn Season fashion show commenced. With 123 outfits to be seen on stage, the Cassidy’s regulars were spoilt for choice. From luxurious warm winter coats for those cold foggy nights in November to snazzy red cocktail dresses […]


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The “Bowl of Light’ or ‘The Thing’ as it was more commonly known, was removed from O’Connell bridge after a controversial 10 year tenure in Dublin. The copper bowl sat in the middle of O’ Connell Bridge and plastic flames lit up inside it. It was one of many public art installations around the capital, […]