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Toys, Buy Now for Christmas – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 201

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This April 1963 edition of the newsreel shows a fun-filled toy fair in Dublin where visitors are allowed a sneak preview of christmas stock. From tricycles to fashion dolls and remote control cars, there was something for every child at this show. Many of the toys were from the British Tri-ang range. In the 1960s […]

Dublin Lights up for Christmas – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 133

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December 1961 and Dublin was teeming with colourful lights from O’Connell to Grafton Street and the city was electrified with festive cheer. The city centre was ‘packed like never before’. Festive shoppers descended on the city to buy gifts for loved ones and enjoy the very special atmosphere that’s fills the streets of Dublin at […]

Dublin Christmas Lights – Amharc Éireann

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December 1962 and traffic in Dublin was 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 was Neil Kennedy who was awarded his trophy by actress and comedian Maura Potter. […]

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 Martello Tower is just visible in the distance. This traditional Christmas swim continues […]

Irish Hospital Sweepstakes: If You Are Not In You Can’t Win

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This colour advertisement from the 1970s for the Irish Hospital Sweepstakes, is one of many similar films preserved in the IFI Irish Film Archive and contains the iconic tagline ‘If you’re not in, you can’t win’. The Irish Hospitals’ Sweepstake was a lottery that began in 1930 as the Irish Free State Hospitals’ Sweepstake. It […]

Irish Hospital Sweepstakes: Sweepstakes Hurdle Draw

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This Irish Hospital Sweepstakes advert of an actual draw was originally broadcast in the 1960’s.With over £285,000 at stake, if you had a ticket you had ‘as good a chance as anybody anywhere of winning’. The Irish Hospitals’ Sweepstake was a lottery that began in 1930 as the Irish Free State Hospitals’ Sweepstake. It was […]

Lemon’s Sweets: Gems

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This delightful animated advertisement for Lemon’s sweets was originally exhibited in cinemas in 1958. It is one of 3 adverts that were made by the company at this time but this is the only one in colour. In 1842 Graham Lemon opened The Confectioners Hall at 49 Lower Sackville Street (now O’Connell Street ) in […]

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 […]

Lemon’s Sweets: Nut Milk Toffee

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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 […]

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 […]