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NIGERIAN INDEPENDENCE BALL – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 73

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The Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin was a hive of activity as African and Irish people celebrated Nigeria gaining their independence on the 1st of October 1960. As the crowd danced the night away to swinging jazz music, the Lord Major of Dublin and his wife enjoyed the festivities with their guest of honour Mr. Vincent […]

NEW CORK DOCKLAND – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 73

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The Taoiseach, Seán Lemass, opened the new dockyard in Cork as construction began on a 15,000-ton ship, the biggest of its kind to be made in Ireland at this time.The 400-strong audience (which included Erskine Childers, Minister for Transport) looked on in excitement as the Bishop of Cloyne blessed the site and the Taoiseach pressed […]

TIPPERARY NEW YEAR’S NENAGH – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 32

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New Year’s Day, 1960, and the annual greyhound coursing contest was underway in Nenagh. All bets were off as the crowd gathered and the competition began. The judges took to the course on horseback to survey the long and extensive track, the hare was released and the hounds were soon in pursuit. There were 6 […]

Motorcyclists ‘Splash’ in Stapleton Cup – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 32

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Competitors and spectators at the Stapleton Cup were gearing up for a thrilling day of dirt bike racing at the infamous Motoring Club of Leinster. The tracks of this famous circuit were known to be one of the most difficult around. The entire course stretched over 50 miles with each circuit averaging about 3 miles. […]

Kenmare’s Last Train – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 32

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On the 1st of February 1960, Kenmare locals and railway workers looked on as the last train made its final journey on the tracks before the line closed. These trains were quite slow by modern standards but acted as a faster more efficient method of travel compared to a horse and cart. However, due to […]