In this film, Father Delaney captures a group of children dressed in their finest outfits, proudly walking down a Dublin inner-city street on the way to their First Holy Communion. A crowd gathers at the railings of the church to see the event and wave at the camera.
Father Jack Delaney (1906-1980) was ordained in 1930 at the age of 24 and served as a parish priest in Dublin in the 1930s and 1940s. He served mainly in Sean McDermott Street (then Gloucester Street), Rutland Street and Gardiner Street. His images of trips with his parishioners, tenement life, school children at play, religious processions, and scenes within the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity Convent which housed a Magdalene Laundry provide us with a fascinating glimpse of life in inner city Dublin in the 1930s.
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With kind permission of Irene Devitt.