Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 73, GARDAI DEPOT AUCTION
It’s not often people willingly visit the Garda Depot, but when there’s a bargain to be had at a car auction, they make sure to come in their droves.
With 60 cars up for auction all varying in condition, it was essential to have a good look at what was on offer in the yard before the event started and money was put down. If you were lucky you might have got the odd tip from a guard on which cars were the good ones if you could get through the crowds.
This auction used to take place twice a year and Des Kelly had a tough day coaxing the highest penny from these customers. They were looking for a bargain after all. With the highest pricing reaching £225 and the cheapest car going for only £50, there was at least one happy driver making his way home that evening.
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. To see more of the Gael Linn Collection click here.
With kind permission of Gael Linn.
Director – Colm O’Laoghaire
Producer – Colm O’Laoghaire
Writer – Breandan O'hEithir, Mairtin O'Cadhain
Commentary – Padraig O'Raghallaigh
Sound – Peter Hunt, Gene Martin, Morgan O'Sullivan and Paddy Gleeson
Music – Gerard Victory