Derry Election Day

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Category:
The Irish Independence Film Collection, Newsreels
Producer:
Topical Film Company
Duration:
56 sec
Year:

1913
Language:
Silent with English Intertitles
Technical:
4:3, 35mm, B&W

This short Topical Budget newsreel documents the by-election that took place on January 30th 1913, where 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: its 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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