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Guerrilla Warfare in Ireland

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Guerilla Warfare in Ireland started in August 1922, when the IRA tried to bring down the new Irish government and overturn the Anglo-Irish Treaty. There were many guerrilla attacks, one of the most notable casualties being Commander-in-Chief Michael Collins, who was killed in an ambush in Cork on August 22nd. This newsreel shows several rebels […]

Dublin’s Civil War

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Released on July 10th 1922, this newsreel shows dramatic scenes at the Hibernian Insurance Company building on Sackville Street (O’Connell Street). Government forces attempt to burn out the rebels by firing their ‘first shell’ into a building as soldiers look on. The destroyed shell of a building has its windows blown out and as it […]

Dublin Coalition Campaign

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June 1922 and both pro and anti-Treaty members are addressing a crowd of people and handing out leaflets, on what appears to be Townsend Street, Dublin. They are encouraging the public to support and vote for a coalition government in the coming elections. Following the Battle of the Four Courts by anti-Treaty Republicans, Éamon de […]

All Ireland Strike

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May 1922, the top of O’Connell Street, and speakers are seen standing on a wagonette speaking defiantly to the passing crowd. In April 1922, in protest to the IRA rejecting the vote of the Dáil, the unions of Ireland, which had declared general strikes against the British in 1918 and 1920, the speakers called a […]

Irish Revolution 1922

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This lengthy newsreel highlights some key moments in the Irish Civil War from troops revolting in Limerick, to the destruction of Sackville street in Dublin. The Irish Civil War (June 28th 1922 –May 24th 1923) was a conflict that followed the Irish War of Independence and accompanied the establishment of the Irish Free State, an […]

Evacuation of Ireland

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This newsreel shows the first 60,000 British Troops to leave Ireland and go back to England in May 1922. As soldiers march past, crowds of people line up to cheer and wave. The troops are taken away in a military transporter, most with a smile on their face as they wave and shake hands with […]

The Curragh Camp

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After the Anglo-Irish War, on Tuesday May 16th 1922, the British Army handed over the Curragh Camp to the Irish Free State Army. The party of Irish troops was commanded by Lieutenant General O’Connell. The Curragh Camp was the former Headquarters of the British Army in Ireland. In this newsreel, General O’Connell can be seen […]

Wexford Treaty Meeting

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On April 8th 1922, Michael Collins visited Wexford Town where he made a speech at St. Peter’s Square to a large crowd. In this newsreel, we see some disruption caused by the anti-Treaty IRA. Train tracks were tampered with and in some cases lines were destroyed. This was done to stop people travelling to see […]

Michael Collins

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‘Our Cameraman was there’. Michael Collins endorses the Anglo-Irish Treaty to an audience gathered at the Grand Parade in Cork City, where he receives an enthusiastic reception. It’s not too long before the crowd is seen surging backwards as several men begin to fire their guns in the crowd. This is the same footage that’s […]

Fighting Speech

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This now famous piece of footage, shows Michael Collins addressing the Anglo-Irish Treaty to a huge crowd gathered outside College Green, March 1922. Michael Collins described the Treaty as ‘the freedom to achieve freedom’. In practice, the Treaty offered most of the symbols and powers of independence. These included a functioning, if disputed, parliamentary democracy […]

Invasion of Limerick

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In this newsreel from March 1922, invading forces occupy houses, hotels and boathouse and march through the streets of Limerick armed. Official I.R.A. forces patrol in an armoured car and a man is flying the Free State flag from his vehicle. (685)