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Ireland in Spring

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Ireland is beautiful all-year-round but spring is when it really blossoms. Produced by Colm O’ Laoghaire (director of the Amharc Éireann newsreels for Gael-Linn) this film is a celebration of all things Irish and a delightful window on 1950s Eire. The film focuses on An Tóstal (Irish for “The Pageant”) which was a series of […]

Golf in Ireland

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This film, aimed at golfing enthusiasts, shows two of Ireland’s most famous golfers Christy O’Connor and Jack B. Carr playing on various golf courses throughout Ireland. Made by Robert Monks Film Services for Bord Fáilte Ireland in the 1970s this promotional film highlights the landscape and climate that makes Ireland so suitable for golf. A […]

Beau Guest

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This beautifully-animated short made in 1956 takes a humorous approach to the promotion of tourism in Ireland. Next to agriculture, tourism was Ireland’s biggest industry and this short film shows its benefits for everyone in Ireland. Made for Bord Fáilte, the Irish tourist board, by Irish advertising agency O’Kennedy-Brindley and British cinema advertising company Pearl […]

Leaving Church – The Horgan Brothers Collection

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As future cinema owners, The Horgan Brothers had the foresight to know any event that attracted enormous crowds was worthy of filming. From 1917, their amateur newsreel The Youghal Gazette was shown in The Horgan Picture Theatre, and people from the locality would come to catch a glimpse of themselves on the big screen. This […]

Declan’s Well- The Horgan Brothers Collection

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Located in Ardmore, Waterford, Saint Declan’s Well dates back to the 14th century. In this film the viewer is shown parts of the oratory and Saint Declan’s tower but perhaps the most interesting is footage of a man and a woman walking underneath Saint Declan’s stone. Legend has it, on the feast day of the […]

Hunger Strikers – The Horgan Brothers Collection

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This film captures the return to Ireland of Irish Republican prisoners who had been on hunger strike in HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs, London. After the 1916 Rising a large number of Cork men were interned for their active role in the rebellion and often they resorted to hunger strikes as a means of protest. The […]

Clock Tower Animation – The Horgan Brothers Collection

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The Youghal Clock Tower is a light-hearted and playful exploration of the possibilities of animation in its infancy. In this short, the well-known landmark is depicted dancing into frame as the clock gate comes to life, spinning and dancing through the main street of the Cork town. It is likely that James Horgan was one […]

BRITTAS BAY – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 240

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This newsreel from 1964 shows work being carried out on the beached ship Seabank on Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow. Built in 1935, the ship was sold to Irish International Shipping after it became beached on March 4th at Ardanairy in County Wicklow. The four-ton cargo ship had been a fixture on the beach front and […]

Travelling People – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 80

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On 1st of December 1960, Gardaí visited every traveller caravan in the country on behalf of a commission set up by the Government to investigate the case of the Knights of the Road. The camp which was full of barrel-topped caravans with exquisite wooden carvings and decorative painted exteriors, was located in Cherry Orchard just […]

FUR OF THE FUTURE – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 80

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Moriarty makes his debut at the show where 100s of chinchillas are exhibited and judged. However, unlike the tribunal, poor Moriarty will not be able to avoid his fate. P.J. Holland, a judge from Wales, inspected the coats and assessed the quality of the fur. Judges from all over world came to these shows to […]

BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIPS – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 80

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The All Ireland Badminton Championships Men’s Doubles took place in Terenure in Dublin on the 16th of December 1960, where the Ulster and Leinster teams fought for the title. Winston Wilkinson or “Wilkie” and David McCullough were the Leinster team and played David Porter and Leslie McAlpine from Ulster. David Porter shouldn’t have been too […]

DUBLIN CREATION BALL – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 80

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Set in the lavish surroundings of Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel Ballroom, Lady Valerie Goulding hosts a ladies fashion show to raise money for the Central Remedial Clinic. The December night was full of glitz and glamour with cocktails, dancing and music provided by 1960s swingers Earl Gill & the Hoedowners. The proceeds made from the night […]