The Irish Independence Films

Martial Law in Ireland

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This newsreel shows very rare scenes inside the first concentration camp where members of the Sinn Féin party were treated as prisoners of war. Ballykinlar Internment Camp was the first mass internment camp to be established by the British in Ireland during the War of Independence. Situated on the County Down coast and opened in […]

Terence MacSwiney Laid to Rest

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This newsreel shows the final journey for Terence Mac Swiney, who died in Brixton, England on October 25th 1920. His body arrives in Cork at Customs House Quay on October 31st (it was diverted from Dublin to avoid demonstrations). His coffin arrives in Cobh on the Rathmore, and into Cork Quays on the Mary Tavy. […]

Lord Mayor of Cork Dead

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This newsreel shows the final journey for Terence Mac Swiney, who died in Brixton, England on October 25th 1920. His body arrives in Cork at Customs House Quay on October 31st (it was diverted from Dublin to avoid demonstrations). His coffin arrives in Cobh on the Rathmore, and into Cork Quays on the Mary Tavy. […]

Terror in Ireland

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This shocking newsreel highlights the “daily terror” seen in Ireland during the War of Independence. This is the aftermath of the shooting of Seán Treacy and British military intelligence officer Lieutenant, Ivon Henry Price on Talbot Street after a gun battle on October  14th 1920. A group of people stand outside the J. Speidel Butcher […]

Lawless Ireland

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In the middle of the night on Monday September 21st 1920 the Black and Tans sacked the town of Balbriggan in County Dublin. The sacking was revenge for the killing of District Inspector Burke and his brother Sergeant Burke, who were shot dead by the IRA while in Smyth’s pub, Balbriggan earlier in the day. […]

All’s Fair in…

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This newsreel shows a hostage being taken on to the back of a Military patrol lorry where we see a group of soldiers (Black and Tans) stopping to pose for the camera. The Black and Tans, officially named the Royal Irish Constabulary Special Reserve, was a force of Temporary Constables recruited to assist the Royal […]

Eamon de Valera in Boston

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From the June 29th 1919 to December 1920 Éamon de Valera visited the USA and toured America in a mission to raise funds for Sinn Fein. He is seen here at his first public appearance in Boston, speaking to a crowd of 50,000 people in Fenway Park Stadium. De Valera’s purpose in coming to New […]

Strike scenes in Limerick

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April 1919 and martial law is in effect in Ireland. These scenes from Limerick show some of the military precautions that were put in place, soldiers stopping pedestrians to check identification papers and streets barricaded by British Army tanks ( HMT Scotch and Soda). The Limerick Soviet was a self-declared soviet that existed from April […]

Countess Markievicz the only woman candidate returned

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In this newsreel, Countess Markievicz is elected as MP for the St Patrick’s Division of Dublin. She was the first woman to ever be elected into British Parliament. But she refused to take her seat but rather joined other Sinn Fein TDs and formed the first Dail Eireann. Constance Georgine Markievicz, known as Countess Markievicz […]

Crowds protest against compulsory military service.

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The Conscription Crisis of 1918 stemmed from a move by the British government to impose conscription (military draft) in Ireland in April 1918, during the First World War. In this newsreel we see vigorous opposition from crowds of people. These protests were primarily led by trade unions, Irish nationalist parties and Roman Catholic bishops and […]

Wexford Commemorations

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Nationalists from all over Ireland pay tribute to the memory of the late Mr. John Redmond who passed away March 6th 1918.in this newsreel. A portrait of Redmond can been seen on the wall of the cemetery on the corner of John’s Gate Street, Wexford Town. A procession of mourners gather in front of it […]

Larne Harbour

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This short newsreel shows a slow panning shot of Larne Harbour (exact date is unknown 1914-1918). In April 1914, Larne Harbour was one of three harbours that  were used by the Ulster Unionist Council to smuggle in over 25,000 rifles and between 3 to 5 million rounds of bullets from Germany.   (297)