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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. […]

Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 73, NIGERIAN INDEPENDENCE BALL

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The Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin was a hive of activity as African and Irish people celebrated Nigeria gaining their independence on the 1st of October 1960. As the crowd danced the night away to swinging Jazz music, the Lord Major of Dublin with his wife enjoyed the festivities with their guest of honour Mr. Vincent […]

Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 73, NEW CORK DOCKLAND

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The Taoiseach, Seán Lemass, opened the new dockyard in Cork as construction began on a 15,000 ton ship, the biggest of its kind to be made in Ireland at this time.The 400-strong audience, which included Erskine Childers, Minister for Transport, looked on in excitement as the Bishop of Cloyne blessed the site and the Taoiseach […]

Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 32, TIPPERARY NEW YEARS NENAGH

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1960, New Year’s Day and the annual Greyhound coursing contest was underway in Nenagh. All bets were off as the crowd gathered and the competition began. The judges took to the course on horseback to survey the long and extensive course, the hare was released and the hounds were soon in pursuit. There were 6 […]

Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 32, KENMARE’S LAST TRAIN

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On the 1st of February 1960, Kenmare locals and railway workers looked on as the last train made its final journey on the tracks before the line closed. These trains were quite slow by modern standards, but acted as a faster more efficient method of travel for the time, compared to a horse and cart. […]