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A Terrible Hullabaloo

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The story of young Vinny Byrne, a fourteen-year-old boy who found himself fighting for Ireland in the Easter Rising. An eighty-year-old Vinny reminisces on his time with the volunteers, which took him around the city during the fighting. With Vinny’s Dublin brought to life by handmade miniature sets and puppetry, the film offers a uniquely […]

The Cherishing

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When The Rising starts the local sweet shops are the first to be looted by Dubliners living in the tenements. Noel and Tom race off and leave their mothers and sisters at home but the havoc of the next few days will come right to everyone’s door. Funded by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film […]

Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 28, Dublin Shops Highlight Christmas

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December 1959 and Christmas is coming. The streets of Dublin glistened with the joy of the festive season. Everything you could wish for could be found here. In every shop window there was something to delight and entice, from the latest fashion trends to novelty Christmas candles; Dublin city centre had everything you needed for […]

Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 130, Christmas Cards Help World’s Refugees

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Oscar-winning actor Dame Margaret Rutherford visited Trinity College in December 1961 to help promote the launch of charity Christmas Cards. Enterprising students were selling cards depicting famous paintings reproduced with the kind permission of the National Gallery of Ireland.  The proceeds would go towards the Irish Pere Pire Refugee Fund. Pere Dominique Pire (full name: […]

Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 201, Toys – Buy Now for Christmas

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This April 1963 edition of the newsreel shows a fun-filled toy fair in Dublin allowing audiences a preview of treats in store for Christmas later that year. From tricycles to fashion dolls and remote control cars, there was something for every child at this show. Many of the toys were from the British Tri-ang range. […]

Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 187, Moving Crib Tells Christmas Story

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A popular Dublin tradition, a Christmas time visit to the Moving Crib in Parnell Square was sure to delight young and old. A nativity scene was created using over 100 mechanical handcrafted figures set against a delicately hand-painted back-drop. Based in 30 Parnell Square at St Martin Apostolate, the Moving Crib, which opened in 1956, […]

Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 133, Dublin Lights up for Christmas

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December 1961 and Dublin was teeming with colourful lights from O’Connell to Grafton Street and  the city was electrified with festive cheer. This city centre was “packed like never before”. People descended on the brightly lit shops to buy perfect gifts for loved ones and to enjoy the very special atmosphere that’s fills the streets […]

Amharc Eireann: Dublin Christmas Lights

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December 1962 and traffic in Dublin was at a standstill as the crowds gather on O’Connell bridge awaiting Santa’s arrival. Rudolph et al must have been resting for the big night as Santa chose a rather unorthodox method of transport water-skiing his way up the Liffey to mark the beginning of the festivities. The streets […]

Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 83, A WET CHRISTMAS IN HOWTH

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What better way to spend Christmas day in 1961 than waterskiing in the freezing-cold Irish Sea? With Howth Martello Tower just visible in the distance, Mr and Mrs Carr brave the cold waters at Balscadden Bay as onlookers, in awe of this chilly Christmas tradition, cheer them on. The traditional Christmas swim continues still in […]

Radharc: Christy Brown- My Left Foot

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This Radharc film originally aired in October 1962 and documents the life of the famous Irish painter and writer, Christy Brown.   In the film Father Peter Lemass visits Christy at home in Crumlin, talks with him and shows us his work. Christy Brown was born on 5th of June 1932 in Crumlin, Dublin, the tenth […]

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 […]

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 […]