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This short film was made to promote the activities of the Our Lady of Good Counsel Boys Club in Thomas Street, Dublin.

In the 1950s Father McGrath, a Dublin-based Augustinian Priest, ran this Boys’ social club in a working class area of Dublin’s inner city. He decided that the production of a short film outlining the activities of the club would be a useful promotional and fundraising tool.

Funds to produce the film were secured from the Guinness Brewery whose premises were also in Thomas Street. McGrath approached professional cameramen Stuart Hetherington and Brendan Redmond to make the film and together they produced Clubs Are Trumps. The film had its premiere in the Olympia Theatre one Sunday evening in 1959. Apparently Guinness was so impressed with the club and its role in gainfully occupying the youth of Thomas Street, that they agreed to fund all its future activities.

The film shows the boys engaged in wholesome sporting and leisure activities in the club and a discussion, hosted by Fr McGrath, on topics of relevance to the boys. From Marshalsea Barracks, where the club was originally located, to Thomas St and The Liberties (by day and by night) the film is rich in its record of not-often-seen Dublin city locations.

With kind permission from Stuart Hetherington.