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Dublin Lights up for Christmas – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 133

Newsreel, Irish Culture, Entertainment, History, Irish Language
Directed by:
Gael Linn
Produced by:
Gael Linn


3 mins
Irish with English subtitles

December 1961 and Dublin was teeming with colourful lights from O’Connell to Grafton Street and the city was electrified with festive cheer.

The city centre was ‘packed like never before’. Festive shoppers descended on the city to buy gifts for loved ones and enjoy the very special atmosphere that’s fills the streets of Dublin at Christmastime.

Produced by Gael Linn, Amharc Éireann (A View of Ireland) is Ireland’s longest-running indigenous newsreel series. It was distributed to cinemas throughout the country to  promote the Irish language. The first 36 issues were produced as single-topic films which were released monthly, followed in 1959 by weekly, multi-story newsreels featuring a broad range of topics, from hard news stories to lighter magazine-style items. Between 1956 and 1964, 267 editions of the newsreel were produced for cinema exhibition.

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With kind permission of Gael Linn.