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Amharc Eireann: Dublin Christmas Lights

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December 1962 and traffic in Dublin was at a standstill as the 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 Liffey to mark the beginning of the festivities. The streets […]

Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 83, Christmas Day Swim

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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 comedienne Maura Potter. […]

Rory O’More

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Inspired by the character of Sir Rory O’Moore, leader of the 1641 Rebellion, this short drama reimagines the dramatic story of Rory O’More’s (sic) capture and escape from British soldiers – and locates it in the Lakes of Killarney in 1798. Betrayed by an informer Black William, and with a substantial price on his head, […]

Father Delaney Collection: Magdalene Laundry

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One of the most notable of Father Delaney’s films was made on the grounds of The Sisters of Our Lady of Charity Convent  – a convent which housed a Magdalene Laundry – which closed its doors in 1999. In the film we see the nuns and residents playing games in the garden, as well as […]

Father Delaney Collection: DUBLIN ZOO

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A school visit to Dublin Zoo on a fine summer’s day. The highlight is a visit to the elephant’s enclosure where the Zookeeper demonstrates to the school boys how he can 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 […]

Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 73, NEW YEAR SALE FEVER

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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. As the line grew longer and crowds spilled out onto the street aside passing cars (Henry Street was later pedestrianised in the 1980s) it was time for the flood […]