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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, […]


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Outside the Government Buildings on Merrion St, news reporters waited for the famous film director John Huston after he officially became an Irish citizen. The director, famous for films such as The Maltese Falcon and Moby Dick, was born in Missouri in 1906, but on this day in 1964 he renounced his American citizenship to […]

Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 73, NEW YEAR SALE FEVER

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New Year’s day 1964 and the queue outside Arnotts department store on Henry Street was full of keen-eyed bargain hunters eagerly awaiting the doors to open. As the line grew longer and crowds spilled out onto the street aside passing cars (Henry Street was later pedestrianised in the 1980s) it was time for the flood […]

Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 73, GARDAI DEPOT AUCTION

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It’s not often people willingly visit the Garda Depot, but when there’s a bargain to be had at a car auction, they make sure to come in their droves. With 60 cars up for auction all varying in condition, it was essential to have a good look at what was on offer in the yard […]

Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 73, DUNDALK RACES 1960

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Set near the historic Cooley Mountains, the 1960 Dundalk Autumn Races took place once the harvest was in and bookies hoped to coax some easy money from the farmers of Louth, Monaghan and Meath. Tensions rose in the fifth race where there were 8 horses running a flat race over the course of a mile. […]