Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 73, DUNDALK RACES 1960
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. With a prize of a hundred sovereigns at stake it was the men’s money that was really sweating. On the home run it’s neck and neck but it’s ‘Settlement’ that comes in first place to the delight of some lucky punters.
Produced by Gael Linn, Amharc Eireann ( A view of Ireland) is Ireland’s longest running indigenous newsreel series. Made in the Irish language for the purpose of promoting its use, each episode featured a broad range of topics, from hard news stories to lighter magazine like items. Between 1956 and 1964, 267 editions of the newsreel were produced for cinema exhibition.
With kind permission of Gael Linn.