The Irish Independence Films

Derry Election Day

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This short Topical Budget newsreel documents the by-election that took place on January 30th 1913. Nationalist David C.Hogg defeated his Unionist rival Colonel Pakenham by 2699 votes to 2642. This win was a major blow to the Unionists as it meant that the Nationalists held a majority of one seat in the 9 county province […]

Orangemen Demonstrate

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This newsreel is titled ‘Orangemen Demonstrate’ but the people marching in Belfast are actually the Irish National Foresters and Ulster Volunteers. The procession is followed by a group of women and young girls dressed in dark capes making their way through the city to a stadium where a demonstration is taking place. This footage is […]

George V & Queen Mary

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This newsreel was filmed on July 10th 1911, as King George V and Queen Mary arrived in Dublin. This was the King’s sixth time to visit Ireland but his first as king (having been crowned a fortnight earlier). As the new head of the British Empire, he had chosen to make his first visit to […]

Queen Victoria in Dublin 1900

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This newsreel from April 4th 1900, shows Queen Victoria arriving in Dun Laoghaire and starting her nine mile journey to the Phoenix Park in open carriage via the Royal Triumphal Archway on Leeson Street. This temporary archway was erected at the city boundary and was built specifically for this visit. The Queen stayed at the […]