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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 […]

COLMAN DOYLE: ÁBHAR MACHNAIMH

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This feature length documentary profiles veteran Irish photographer, Colman Doyle, who has documented almost every major historical event in Ireland over a 50 year period. Directed by James Kelly, it explores Doyle’s vast archive of photographs covering the political, social and economic history of Ireland – both North and South – through the second half […]

ROSE OF TRALEE FINAL 1962 – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 171

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The Rose of Tralee took place on September 2nd 1962 at the Ashe Memorial Hall in Tralee. The competition was fierce, with contestants from all over the world competing for the prestigious title. Every year the festival brings young women of Irish descent from around the world to Kerry for a lively celebration of Irish […]

Republican Loan Film

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In 1919, on the block where Robert Emmet was executed, Michael Collins read a letter from Michael Fogarty, Bishop of Killaloe, pledging financial support to the new self-declared Irish Republic. Filmed at St. Enda’s College in Rathfarnham, (the school founded by Patrick Pearse in 1908), this remarkable film shows Michael Collins, the Irish Government’s Minister […]

Dublin Zoo – Father Delaney Collection

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Father Delaney’s lens captures a school visit to Dublin Zoo. The highlight is a visit to the elephant enclosure where the Zookeeper demonstrates how to mount the elephant like a horse. Father Jack Delaney (1906-1980) was ordained in 1930 at the age of 24 and served as a parish priest in Dublin in the 1930s […]

AUTUMN FASHIONS ON PARADE – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 171

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Dublin, November 1962; The House of Cassidy’s on South George’s Street was abuzz with excitement as the Autumn Season fashion show commenced. With 123 outfits to be seen on stage, the Cassidy’s regulars were spoilt for choice, from luxurious warm winter coats to snazzy red cocktail dresses. The announcer of the nightwear segment notes how […]

‘THE THING’ IS REMOVED FROM O’CONNELL BRIDGE – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 240

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The ‘Bowl of Light’ or ‘The Thing’ as it was more commonly known, was removed from O’Connell Bridge after a controversial 10 year tenure in Dublin. The copper bowl sat in the middle of O’Connell Bridge and plastic flames lit up inside it. It was one of many public art installations around the capital, but […]

JOHN HUSTON BECOMES AN IRISH CITIZEN – AMHARC ÉIREANN: EAGRAN 240

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Outside the Government Buildings on Merrion Street, news reporters waited for the famous film director John Huston after he officially became an Irish citizen. The director, famous for films such as The Maltese Falcon and Moby Dick, was born in Missouri in 1906. Huston’s grandfather, Robert Moore Huston, was an Irish man from Armagh who […]

NEW YEAR SALE FEVER – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 73

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New Year’s Day 1964 and the queue outside Arnotts department store on Henry Street was full of keen-eyed bargain hunters eagerly awaiting the doors to open. The line grew longer and crowds spilled out onto the street among passing cars (Henry Street was later pedestrianised in the 1980s). When the doors finally opened, the throng […]

GARDA DEPOT AUCTION – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 73

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It’s not often people willingly visit the Garda Depot, but when there’s a bargain to be had at a car auction, they make sure to come in their droves. With 60 cars up for auction all varying in condition, it was essential to have a good look at what was on offer in the yard […]

DUNDALK RACES 1960 – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 73

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Set near the historic Cooley Mountains, the 1960 Dundalk Autumn Races took place once the harvest was in and bookies hoped to coax some easy money from the farmers of Louth, Monaghan and Meath. Tensions rose in the fifth race where there were 8 horses running a flat race over the course of a mile. […]

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 […]