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Glamour of Galway

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Galway old and new, is captured in glorious colour in this 1957 Bord Fáilte (now Fáilte Ireland) tourism film produced and directed by Colm Ó Laoghaire . Situated on the west coast of Ireland, Galway is one of the largest cities in Ireland and boasts a complex history dating back to medieval times.  The film […]

Discovering Ireland

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This tourism promotional film was produced in 1982 by Bord Fáilte (now known as Fáilte Ireland) and presents Ireland and its rich history as an attractive holiday destination. From the bustling streets of Dublin during the St Patrick’s Day Parade, to the serene calm of the River Shannon, this film, directed by Louis Marcus, shows […]

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. […]

Dublin, Capital City of Ireland

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This silent tourism film made for the Irish Tourist Association (the precursor of Bord Fáilte and Fáilte Ireland) provides a warmly-hued panorama of 1940s Dublin. Dublin is presented as a city of romance and contrasts which has survived countless changes through a thousand years of history. On this particular day Croke Park was packed to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ireland’s Golden West

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An early travelogue made by the Irish Tourist Association (later Bord Fáilte and now Fáilte Ireland) to promote Galway as an attractive tourist destination.  The film provides a scenic history of Galway city and its immediate surroundings. In warmly glowing colours the treasures of Galway city are shown –Eyre Square, the campus of University College […]

Kathleen Lynn – The Rebel Doctor

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Kathleen Lynn – The Rebel Doctor is a documentary which tells the previously unknown story of an extraordinary Irish woman. Kathleen Lynn was born in County Mayo in 1874 into a wealthy protestant family. As a young woman she was deeply affected by the abject poverty and disease that ravaged the lives of local people […]