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General Michael Collins

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This brief newsreel focuses on Michael Collins at the funeral of President Arthur Griffith in August 1922. Standing in full uniform, this is the last moving picture ever taken of General Collins. He was assassinated 10 days after this footage was taken. Both Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith were considered two ‘Giants’ of Irish history […]

Dublin Mourns Dead President

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This newsreel, filmed in August 1922, shows a throng of people lined up outside the Pro Cathedral on Marlborough Street Dublin, for the funeral of former President, Arthur Griffith. O’Connell Street is cleared to make way for the funeral procession of over a half a million mourners, as the president makes his final journey to […]

Mopping Up

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The Battle of Adare took place on August 4th 1922. This unique newsreel from the Pathé Collection records the moment a band of rebels are captured and hold their hands up to surrender. The anti-treaty Republican Army forces occupying the town came under artillery fire with an 18 Pound Howwitzers from pro-Treaty Free State Troops. […]

Dublin’s Tribute to Fallen Guards

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Touching scenes at the funeral of nine National Soldiers killed in Kerry, August 1922. The procession crosses O’Connell Bridge and the streets are awash with people following the several horse-drawn carriages making their way towards Glasnevin Cemetery. (378)

Irish National Army Sweeping On

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Scenes of fighting in Limerick are shown in this newsreel. National Army men fire field guns and rifles in the open countryside and Lancia armoured cars and omnibuses park outside a burnt-out building with a partially painted out sign ‘Vote Sinn Féin IRA.’ The Battle of Kilmallock took place between July 25th and August 5th […]

Dublin Ireland in the Wake of the Battle

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The Battle of Dublin was a week of street battles in Dublin from June 28th  to July 5th 1922 that marked the beginning of the Irish Civil War. Six months after the Anglo-Irish Treaty ended the recent Irish War of Independence, Civil War was fought between the forces of the new Provisional Government and a […]

Curious Persons

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In this newsreel from Dublin July 1922, rebels have barricaded themselves inside the Four Courts with sandbags stacked in front of the gates. Passersby gather to try and have a look through the gates and little boys march back and forth with ‘rifles’ (wooden sticks) in hand. The Civil War ravaged the city of Dublin […]

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 […]

The Irish Revolution

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This remarkable footage highlights the events that happened in the Battle of Dublin, including the devastating use of artillery by the rebels against the Four Courts and the shootings and battles around O’Connell Street. The Battle of Dublin was a week of street battles in Dublin from June 28th to July 5th 1922 that marked […]

Trouble in Ireland

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This newsreel is a compilation of events that happened in Ireland between 1916 and 1922. The order of the events is not presented sequentially, but it gives a glimpse of the level of military presence and destruction in Ireland (predominantly Dublin city) during this time. The first segment shows British soldiers leaving Athlone Barracks following […]

City of Terror

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In this compilation newsreel from 1920, we see the first pictures from Derry where soldiers stand on streets during the War of Independence. ‘The aftermath’ intertitle shows us the devastation the Civil War had on Dublin, showing the many shelled and gutted buildings. Many of these can be seen being pulled down by workers to […]

Dublin War Scenes

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This remarkable footage highlights the events that happened in Dublin during the Civil War from June 28th to July 5th. It depicts the devastating use of artillery by the rebels against the Four Courts and the shootings and battles around O’Connell Street, Abbey Street and Portobello Bridge. Free state soldiers are seen handing out supplies […]