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Dublin Christmas Lights – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 185

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December 1962 and traffic in Dublin is at a standstill as crowds gather on O’Connell Bridge awaiting Santa’s arrival. Rudolph et al must have been resting for the big night as Santa chose a rather unorthodox method of transport – water skiing his way up the River Liffey to mark the beginning of the festivities. […]

Christmas Day Swim – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 83

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This newsreel records the annual Dublin Swimming Club Christmas swim, which took place at the Clontarf Baths on a freezing December morning in 1961. The crowd of wrapped-up onlookers cheered on the athletes as they braved the cold waters. The winner Neil Kennedy who was awarded the trophy by Máire Potter. The Clontarf Swimming Club […]

A Wet Christmas in Howth – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 83

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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 and Martello Tower are just visible in the distance. This traditional Christmas swim […]

Ireland in a Horse Drawn Caravan

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Experience the beauty of the Irish countryside in a horse-drawn caravan. This 1974 film highlights the many unique experiences that await tourists when they travel through Ireland in a horse-drawn barrel-top caravan. Accompanying three young holiday-makers on their leisurely journey around Ireland, the viewer experiences the country the way it should be experienced, at a […]

Glamour of Galway

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Galway old and new, is captured in glorious colour in this 1957 Bord Fáilte (now Fáilte Ireland) tourism film produced and directed by Colm Ó Laoghaire. Situated on the west coast of Ireland, Galway is one of the largest cities in Ireland and boasts a complex history dating back to medieval times. The film highlights […]

Discovering Ireland

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This tourism promotional film was produced in 1982 by Bord Fáilte (now known as Fáilte Ireland) and presents Ireland and its rich history as an attractive holiday destination. From the bustling streets of Dublin during the St Patrick’s Day Parade, to the serene calm of the River Shannon, this film, directed by Louis Marcus, shows […]

Lemon’s Sweets: Minuet Assortment

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This charming black and white animated advertisement for Lemon’s sweets was originally broadcast in 1964. In 1842 Graham Lemon opened The Confectioners Hall at 49 Lower Sackville Street, now Lower O’Connell Street in the heart of Dublin city. James Joyce helped immortalise the Lemon’s Sweet shop in his masterpiece Ulysses describing Lemon’s at the beginning […]

Dublin, Capital City of Ireland

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This silent tourism film made for the Irish Tourist Association (the precursor of Bord Fáilte and Fáilte Ireland) provides a warmly-hued panorama of 1940s Dublin. Dublin is presented as a city of romance and contrasts which has survived countless changes through a thousand years of history. On this particular day Croke Park was packed to […]

Ireland’s Golden West

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An early travelogue made by the Irish Tourist Association (later Bord Fáilte and now Fáilte Ireland) to promote Galway as an attractive tourist destination.  The film provides a scenic history of Galway city and its immediate surroundings. In warmly glowing colours the treasures of Galway city are shown: Eyre Square, the campus of University College […]

MISS DUBLIN WINS CONTEST – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 126

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In the Abbey Dance Hall in Drogheda, a group of ladies from 6 counties competed in the finals of a beauty contest to be crowned Miss Mannequin 1961. Local beauty contests were very popular in Ireland in the 1950s and ‘60s. Contestants traveled from all over Ireland (including Meath, Kilkenny, Kildare and Dublin) to take […]

BLACKWATER HOLIDAY

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Fresh from their collaboration on the Royal Showband film The One Nighters (1963), Bob Monks and Peter Collinson (The Italian Job) came together to make this modest little film promoting canoe-camping holidays run by the Murphy family of Rathcoole in Co. Cork on the Blackwater River. Blackwater Holiday was made in the summer of 1964 […]

PRESIDENT KENNEDY IN IRELAND

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This documentary film produced by the Columban Fathers chronicles President John F. Kennedy’s historic visit to Ireland in June 1963, only 5 months before his tragic assassination. The producer, Father Gerry Smith, a Cavan-born missionary priest, had studied filmmaking in the U.S. He had made a number of films about ‘the old country’ before making […]