Derry Election Day

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Category:
The Irish Independence Film Collection, Newsreels
Directed by:
Topical Film Company
Produced by:
Topical Film Company
Year:

1913
Duration:

57 sec
Language:
Silent with English Intertitles

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 of Ulster.

This is one of the earliest surviving examples of what would become one of Topical Budget’s most important contributions to recorded 20th century history. Their comprehensive coverage of Anglo-Irish matters during a turbulent decade began with the British firmly in control, and ended with Irish independence.

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