A Wet Christmas in Howth – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 83
What better way to spend Christmas Day in 1961 than water skiing in the freezing cold Irish Sea?
Mr and Mrs Carr brave the cold waters at Balscadden Bay as onlookers, in awe of this chilly Christmas tradition, cheer them on. Howth Martello Tower is just visible in the distance. This traditional Christmas swim continues still in Ireland today with dippers braving the chilly waters (often for charitable purposes) from one end of the country to the other.
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.