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Gael Linn was established in 1953 to promote Irish language and culture and its co-founder and first Manager, Riobard Mac Góráin immediately realised the importance of promoting the language through entertainment and the popular media. Gael Linn’s initial foray into film- making was the first regular indigenous cinema newsreel since the ‘Irish Events’ series of the 1920s. In 1955 Ernest Blythe, Chairman of Comdhail Naisiunta na Gaelige, lent Gael Linn £100 to produce a short film for cinema, and the Amharc Eireann (A View of Ireland) newsreel was born. From 1956 to mid-1957 Amharc Eireann consisted of short single story items that were distributed to cinemas throughout the country on a monthly basis. Their popularity was immediate and by mid-1957 the Rank Film Distributors agreed to supply them to Irish cinemas along with their own newsreel, at which point they became issued on a fortnightly basis. By 1959 the success of this home-grown newsreel resulted in it being produced weekly and it expanded to include 4 separate news stories. The series continued until 1964 when the immediacy of television as a means of relaying news to the Irish population rendered the news- reel obsolete. Produced by Colm O’Laoghaire, a total of 267 editions of Amharc Eireann were made. Although Gael Linn’s Amharc Eireann production ceased in late 1964 its influence is on- going. The range of Irish interest subjects covered (from hard news stories to more magazine- like items) provide a vivid window into the development of modern Ireland at a particularly progressive point in its development providing a first-hand insight into moral, cultural and the economic development of the country throughout the Whittaker and Lemass eras.

Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 171, LEINSTER RIFLE SHOOT

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The 1962 Leinster Gun Championships were held in Dublin with gunmen visiting from the 6 counties of Ulster to take part.There were a hundred rifle clubs in Northern Ireland and only 3 in the South at this time.  Thorough safety checks were carried out on all the guns before the competition.  George Randall from Antrim […]

Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 126, JAPANESE GOODS ON DISPLAY

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A visit to Brown Thomas’ sumptuous department  store  (when it was on the other side of the Grafton St) where a range of beautiful and unusual trinkets, toys and other goods from Japan are on display. In 1961, it wasn’t uncommon in Ireland for many ordinary household items to be manufactured in Japan. However, this […]

Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 126, BORD NA MÓNA FACTORY OPENING

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Erskine Childers, Minister for Transport and Power, attends the official opening of the new Bord na Móna factory at Croghan in Co. Offaly in 1961.This newsreel documents the Minister and other dignitaries in attendance at the factory opening which heralded the creation of over 100 new jobs and the capacity to produce 100,000 peat briquettes […]

Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 126, DUBLIN STUDENTS PROTEST

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November 1961 and students from Trinity College marched the main streets of Dublin in protest at nuclear bomb testing.The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, CND, was established in the UK in 1958 in the wake of widespread fear of conflict and the effects of nuclear testing. CND quickly grew with branches in Scotland, Wales and Ireland. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]