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The Desmond Egan Collection

Desmond Egan was a skilled amateur filmmaker with a keen eye for detail. A wine merchant by trade, he lived with his wife and 4 daughters in Glenageary Co. Dublin. His films were shot between 1937 and 1957.
Egan had been involved in a professional capacity with architect Michael Scott (designer of Busáras) and cameraman George Fleischmann when they established the production company Hibernia Films in 1945. The company produced a series of government information films (incl. Silent Order, Next Please, Voyage to Recovery).
His professional experience no doubt influenced his own film-making activity. His films, unlike those of many other amateurs, are finely-crafted and edited works. He worked exclusively with colour film rendering his beautiful garden (his wife’s pride and joy), his home (designed by Michael Scott) and his daughters’ childhood with great warmth and vibrancy. His short documentaries, though silent, are invaluable records of the subjects they explore; all are cleverly –constructed, edited to include explanatory titles and inter-titles, and shot with great skill.

Desmond Egan Collection: Killarney Scenes

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Framed by the stunning surroundings of Killarney, this colourful short amateur film by Desmond Egan features a range of scenes. From a mother and daughter enjoying a picnic at the foot of the mountains to panning shots of the lakes, rivers and springs showcasing all what makes this party of Kerry so unique. The traditional […]

Desmond Egan Collection:Birds and Beasts

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Shot in 1946, this Amateur film taken at Dublin Zoo is a wonderful nostalgic window into a family day out.From scenes of people sitting on the grass enjoying the zoological gardens to shots of various animals, from elephants, Lions and Chimpanzees to budgerigars, pheasants and elegant peacocks. Shot with 16mm Kodachrome film, Desmond Egan was […]

Desmond Egan Collection: IN WICKLOW HILLS

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This short amateur film sees two of Desmond Egan’s daughters taking a stroll along a country lane in Wicklow as we see the Sugar Loaf Mountain towering in the background. The Sugar Loaf is located between Delgany and Kilmacanogue. At only 501 meters high, its volcanic appearance and isolation from other hills make it appear […]

Desmond Egan Collection: HARVEST

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Made in 1946, this superb documentary from avid amateur filmmaker Desmond Egan, explores antiquated harvesting methods used in Ireland, especially in the more remote areas of the country. From horse and cart to manual tilling of the land, the film proposes a more profitable and efficient way of working that would result from investing in […]

Desmond Egan Collection: By Corrib Waters

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This amateur documentary about the beautiful surroundings of Lough Corrib and the Cong River in Connemara is one of Desmond Egan’s finest films.At the junction of the Cong River with Lough Corrib, stands Ashford Castle, now a luxurious hotel but formerly the residence of the Ardilaun family. Framed by the stunning surroundings of Connemara, the […]