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JACK OF ALL MAIDS

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Renowned Abbey actor Jack MacGowran, investigates Irish courtship rituals from a male perspective in this slice of 1952 whimsy. A series of humorous vignettes showcase the talents of this extraordinary character actor, best known for his theatre work with Samuel Beckett and also known for his film work including a role in the classic horror […]

CLERYS ADVERT 1932

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Take a step back in time and experience what it was like to shop inside Clerys of O’Connell street in Dublin in the early 1930s. This charming advertisement was shot in 1932, just 10 years after the rebuilding of Clerys, which had been destroyed in the 1916 rising. With a bird’s eye view of the […]

TELECOM EIREANN ANTI-VANDALISM ADVERT

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Back in the 1980s long before smart phones were dreamt of and when many houses didn’t have a landline, phone boxes containing payphones were a feature of the rural and urban landscape. In this public information film a youth is in the act of vandalizing a payphone before he is confronted by a gang of […]

THE IRISH RIVIERA

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This early example of a State Sponsored promotional film was made in 1936 and showcases the sunny south coast of Ireland and everything it has to offer to a first-time visitor to Ireland. Made by the Irish Tourist Association, the film briefly visits Cork City showing that from the busy shopping centre of Patrick’s Street, […]

IRISH GOSSAMER

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This innovative film made by Colm O Laoghaire corresponds the beauty of Irish-made fabrics with the breadth of colour and texture displayed in the Irish countryside. Commissioned by the Irish tourism board Bord Fáilte to entice visitors to Ireland, this visually-stunning short takes the viewer on a journey through Ireland in 1958 looking at Irish […]

IRELAND IN SPRING

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Ireland is beautiful all-year-round but spring is when it really blossoms. Produced by Colm O’ Laoghaire (director of the Amharc Éireann newsreels for Gael-Linn) this film is a celebration of all things Irish and a delightful window on 1950s Eire. The film focuses on An Tóstal (Irish for “The Pageant”) which was a series of […]

GOLF IN IRELAND

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This film, aimed at golfing enthusiasts, shows two of Ireland’s most famous golfers Christy O’Connor and Jack B. Carr playing on various golf courses throughout Ireland. Made by Robert Monks Film Services for Bord Failte Ireland in the 1970s this promotional film highlights the landscape and climate that makes Ireland so suitable for golf. A […]

BEAU GUEST

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This beautifully-animated short made in 1956 takes a humorous approach to the promotion of tourism in Ireland. Next to agriculture, tourism was Ireland’s biggest industry and this short film highlighted its benefits for everyone in Ireland. Made for Bord Fáilte, the Irish tourist board, by Irish advertising agency O’Kennedy-Brindley and British cinema advertising company Pearl […]

The Horgan Brothers Collection: LEAVING CHURCH

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As future cinema owners, The Horgan Brothers had the foresight to know any event that attracted enormous crowds was worthy of filming. From 1917, their amateur newsreel The Youghal Gazette was shown in The Horgan Picture Theatre, and people from the locality would come to catch a glimpse of themselves on the big screen. This […]

The Horgan Brothers Collection: DECLAN’S WELL

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Located in Ardmore, Waterford, Saint Declan’s Well dates back to the 14th century. In this film the viewer is shown parts of the Oratory and Saint Declan’s Tower but perhaps the most interesting is the scene of Saint Declan’s stone, featuring a man and woman walking underneath it. Legend has it, on the feast day […]

The Horgan Brothers Collection: HUNGER STRIKERS

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This film captures the return to Ireland of Irish Republican prisoners who had been on hunger strike in Wormwood Scrubs prison, London. After the 1916 Rising a large number of Cork men were interned for their active role in the rebellion, many ending up being sent to Wormwood Scrubs and often resorting to hunger strike […]

The Horgan Brothers Collection: CLOCK TOWER ANIMATION

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The Youghal Clock Tower is a light hearted and playful exploration of the possibilities of animation in its infancy. In this short the well-known landmark is depicted dancing into frame as the clock gate comes to life, spinning and dancing through the main street of the Cork town. It should be noted that 1910 is […]