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Bending the Sally

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In this documentary by Roy Spence, willow weaver Alison Fitzgerald takes the viewer through the labour intensive process of weaving a ciseog from willow rods, from her workshop Greenwood Baskets in Loughgall. A ciseog is a type of basket that is traditionally used for straining potatoes. From the cutting of the willow rods to the […]

Tommy Orr, Blacksmith

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This loving crafted short documentary follows the work of Tommy Orr of Killinchy, Co. Down, who has carried on the family tradition as a blacksmith for over 40 years. From the ringing of the anvil to the smoke billowing from the roadside forge, this film focuses on his work as a farrier and shows not […]

Leather to Last

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This documentary was made by Roy Spence for the Ulster Folk Museum and showcases the work of Alex Ralston. Ralston is one of the few remaining shoemakers in Belfast who hand crafts shoes using leather and traditional skills. Alex takes us through the entire process from original pattern through to the finished pair of shoes. […]

James Mullholland, Basketmaker

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This short documentary film, made by Roy Spence for the Ulster Folk Museum, focuses on the work of master willow-weaver, James Mulholland of Gawley’s Gate, Co. Armagh. The film traces the various stages in the making of a willow log basket from cutting the raw willow rods through to the completed product. Roy Spence is […]

Dots, Whips and Cobwebs

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This film looks at the work of three prominent lace makers in Carrickmacross, Northern Ireland in the 1980s. Mary Wilson, Mary McMahon and Rose Feeney show various intricate lacework techniques that were inspired by their natural surroundings, as well as teaching us the history and language of lace through detailed demonstrations, all captured beautifully in […]

Macardles: Tradition

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Advertisement in which the contents of a bottle of Macardles is described as having a sense of tradition, a refreshing liveliness and a warm welcome. Accompanying scenarios of rural Ireland illustrating these virtues. To see more from The Irish Adverts Project, click here. (928)

Aer Lingus: People You Know

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Advertisement for Aer Lingus featuring a series of still images showing the experience customers get when travelling with Aer Lingus, and the various destinations they fly to. Throughout, a jingle sings ‘go with the people you know, the people who care about you’. To see more from The Irish Adverts Project, click here. (2275)

Golden Vale: Easi Singles

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A woman preparing food thinks about how convenient it would be to have individually wrapped slices of cheese. Suddenly, a packet of Easi Singles appears. The voiceover explains how convenient they are, before the woman breaks into a song about Easi Singles. To see more from The Irish Adverts Project, click here. (1972)

Aer Lingus: Earth Couple

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Advertisement employing a mixture of animation and still images in which an Aer Lingus plane flies among the clouds and tourists enjoy various destinations. A woman sings a cover version of Nana Mouskouri’s Deep and Silent Sea with alternative lyrics to represent Ireland and Aer Lingus. To see more from The Irish Adverts Project, click […]

Department of Energy: Savings

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A short advertisement encouraging the public to conserve energy. Illustrated still images help to list the various ways this can be achieved. To see more from The Irish Adverts Project, click here. (622)

A Terrible Hullabaloo

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The story of young Vinny Byrne, a fourteen-year-old boy who found himself fighting for Ireland in the Easter Rising. An eighty-year-old Vinny reminisces on his time with the volunteers, which took him around the city during the fighting. With Vinny’s Dublin brought to life by handmade miniature sets and puppetry, the film offers a uniquely […]

The Party

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Belfast 1972. Laurence welcomes his cousin and man-on-the-run Mickey to a party of drinking, dancing and young love. By morning, reality catches up with them.