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Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 83, Puss in Boots Panto

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The legendary Panto “Puss in Boots” comes to Our Ladys Hall on Mourne road in Drimnagh. This amateur production looks anything but and the locals are out in force cheering on the stars of the show. Many people from Crumlin and Drimnagh offer their spare time to help put the show together from the actors […]

Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 201, Toys – Buy Now for Christmas

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This April 1963 edition of the newsreel shows a fun-filled toy fair in Dublin allowing audiences a preview of treats in store for Christmas later that year. From tricycles to fashion dolls and remote control cars, there was something for every child at this show. Many of the toys were from the British Tri-ang range. […]

Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 187, Moving Crib Tells Christmas Story

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A popular Dublin tradition, a Christmas time visit to the Moving Crib in Parnell Square was sure to delight young and old. A nativity scene was created using over 100 mechanical handcrafted figures set against a delicately hand-painted back-drop. Based in 30 Parnell Square at St Martin Apostolate, the Moving Crib, which opened in 1956, […]

Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 133, Dublin Lights up for Christmas

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December 1961 and Dublin was teeming with colourful lights from O’Connell to Grafton Street and  the city was electrified with festive cheer. This city centre was “packed like never before”. People descended on the brightly lit shops to buy perfect gifts for loved ones and to enjoy the very special atmosphere that’s fills the streets […]

Amharc Eireann: Dublin Christmas Lights

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December 1962 and traffic in Dublin was at a standstill as the crowds gather on O’Connell bridge awaiting Santa’s arrival. Rudolph et al must have been resting for the big night as Santa chose a rather unorthodox method of transport water-skiing his way up the Liffey to mark the beginning of the festivities. The streets […]

Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 83, Christmas Day Swim

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This newsreel records the annual Dublin Swimming Club Christmas swim, which took place at the Clontarf Baths on a freezing December morning in 1961. The crowd of wrapped-up onlookers cheered on the athletes as they braved the cold waters. The winner was Neil Kennedy who was awarded his trophy by actress and comedienne Maura Potter. […]

Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 83, A WET CHRISTMAS IN HOWTH

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What better way to spend Christmas day in 1961 than waterskiing in the freezing-cold Irish Sea? With Howth Martello Tower just visible in the distance, Mr and Mrs Carr brave the cold waters at Balscadden Bay as onlookers, in awe of this chilly Christmas tradition, cheer them on. The traditional Christmas swim continues still in […]

Radharc: Christy Brown- My Left Foot

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This Radharc film originally aired in October 1962 and documents the life of the famous Irish painter and writer, Christy Brown.   In the film Father Peter Lemass visits Christy at home in Crumlin, talks with him and shows us his work. Christy Brown was born on 5th of June 1932 in Crumlin, Dublin, the tenth […]

Radharc: Retreat

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This short documentary presents St. Anthony’s Retreat House in Raheny, a Capuchin-run house which held annual retreats for ordinary people to escape the hum-drum of everyday life and “get closer to God”. During weekend retreats a wide variety of talks on matters of interest to the ordinary working man are offered. These include presentations on […]

Radharc: Tax on Kerry Cows

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This programme presents an unusual initiative introduced by the parishioners of Asdee and Ballylongford, in the Diocese of Kerry, to raise funds for the renovation of their churches which had fallen into disrepair. The inventive scheme called for farmers of each diocese to impose upon themselves an annual levy of £1 per cow, for a […]

Radharc: Kylemore Abbey

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Shot in 1962, this Radharc film was made during a visit to the rebuilt and extended Kylemore Abbey in Connemara.  The film celebrates the fine architecture and includes an interview with the Lady Abbess. Kylemore Abbey was built in 1867 as a family home for the family of Mitchell Henry, a wealthy doctor from London. […]

Ocras

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This powerful documentary in the Irish language examines the history and legacy of the hunger strike by Irish Republicans in the Maze prison in 1981. In this documentary directed by Margo Harkin, the people centrally involved – both inside and outside the H Blocks of Long Kesh prison – reveal the inside story of an […]