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The IFI Player has a wealth of moving image content that can help create a real visual history of Ireland to any number of classroom subjects. It offers access to the remarkable moving image collections held in the IFI Irish Film Archive, giving audiences across the globe instant access to this rich heritage. The material includes home movies, newsreels, travelogues, animations, feature films, public information films and documentaries.

Below you will find subject tabs which contain a curated selection of films from the Archive vaults that can be used in the classroom.

Over Sixty Manufacturers

Over sixty Dublin manufactures take part in the Civic Week Pageant of Industry in September 1929. The Parade makes its way through O’Connell street, Corporation Fire engines and brands like ‘Jacob’s Biscuits’ and ‘Guinness’ trucks entertain the crowds as they pass through on floats and trucks. The first Irish Civic Week Pageant launched in September […]

Irelands Agony

The Burning of Cork by British forces took place on the night of December 11th and 12th 1920 , during the Irish War of Independence. It followed an Irish Republican Army ambush of a British Auxiliary patrol in the city, which wounded twelve auxiliaries, one fatally. In retaliation the Auxiliaries, Black and Tans and British […]

Trial of Casement

This newsreel contains various segments. The first short item captures crowds waiting to hear the outcome of the trial of British diplomat turned Irish nationalist Sir Roger Casement at Bow Street Magistrates Court. Only one piece of footage of Casement is known to exist and, for this Topical Budget’s newsreel, cameras had to improvise as […]

President Cosgrave

In this newsreel from November 1930, President William T. Cosgrave speaks to the camera (for the first time with sound) addressing Ireland and ‘her status and International affairs’. In this heavily edited newsreel (an exclusive to Pathé) he talks about the international and economic struggles that face everyone at this time. He also discusses how […]

Ireland’s Great New Harbour

In this newsreel William T. Cosgrave opens the new Harbour in Waterford, December 1929. President Cosgrave delivers a speech and cuts the ribbon to the applause of the crowd. Between 1926 and 1929, the Irish Government carried out a review of all ports in Ireland. The harbour was crucial for Waterford as shipbuilding was a […]

The GPO – After 13 Years

This newsreel marks a momentous occasion in Irish history: the formal reopening of the General Post Office on O’Connell Street. President William T. Cosgrave stands alongside T.D.s and Senators on a platform in front of the newly rebuilt GPO. The President addresses the huge crowd that has gathered and the Irish tricolour is raised. Only […]

Irish Catholic Ceremony at Cashel Castle

This newsreel shows the Catholic Emancipation Centenary Celebration which took place at the Rock of Cashel in June 1929. This was the first time mass was celebrated on the Rock in 300 years. Count John McCormack, a famous Irish tenor, can be seen performing to the enormous crowd during the Mass. The Rock of Cashel […]

Preparing for the Electricity Era

In this newsreel from 1929, the dawn of a new Ireland can be seen with the Shannon Scheme paving the way for new kind of energy. In a dramatic fashion, Master Vincent Bowen presses a plunger to detonate explosives to blow up the 120 foot chimneys of the Carrick-on-Suir Creamery. The Shannon (hydroelectric) Scheme was […]

The Shannon Scheme

The Shannon (hydroelectric) Scheme was a huge development by the Irish Free State in the 1920s. The aim was to harness the power of the River Shannon (Ireland’s longest river) and, through the Ardnacrusha Power Plant in County Clare, produce electricity across the country. The Shannon Scheme was officially opened on July 22nd 1929. One […]

His Grace, The Archbishop of Dublin

The Church of Saint Vincent De Paul in Marino was completed in 1928 on the old Charlemont estate. In this newsreel the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr. Edward Byrne, is seen blessing it with holy water as a huge crowd of people gather outside the church. (347)

Brady’s Bargain

Brady has spent his life trying to outsmart the leprechauns and his big chance comes when he manages to capture one. Keeping the little man a prisoner, he starves the leprechaun until he reveals the secret of his wealth. Armed with this knowledge, Brady sets off across the moor to make himself a very rich […]

Beauty Now

This satirical view of our contemporary attitude about beauty is presented in the style of a 1950’s informational film. With kind permission of Boulder Media. (327)

Geist

A shipwrecked fisherman is led to a dark secret and soon realises that he is not alone. With kind permission of Giant Animation Studios. (193)

Ronson Escort 2000

An advertisement for the Ronson Escort 2000, in which a woman wears the portable hairdrying system along with other gifts recieved from her family. To see more from The Irish Adverts Project, click here. (4526)

CIE: Traffic Control Room

An advertisement for CIE highlighting the unseen work done by inspectors in their control room to keep Dublin’s traffic network running smoothly. To see more from The Irish Adverts Project, click here. (1918)

Granite and Chalk

As rebels planned Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising, they were watched by two spies code-named Granite and Chalk. This documentary delves into British intelligence to tell their story, one century on. Funded by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, After ’16 is a creative response by Irish filmmakers to the events of Easter 1916. This […]

The Early Irish Free State Collection

The Easter Rising, the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War formed one of the most turbulent political periods in Ireland’s history. The impact of this struggle would define the social and political landscape of the emerging Irish Free State. The Early Irish Free State Collection leads on from our previous historical release The […]

The Border

Brenda Malone, Curator of Military History at The National Museum of Ireland, discusses the creation of checks and controls of the Irish Border and the affect it had on the lives of people in the region. She references early footage of border controls, a speech made by Lord Mayor Alfie Byrne and how this is […]

Tourism as an industry

Brenda Malone, Curator of Military History at The National Museum of Ireland, explores brand Ireland promoted by British Pathé as a tourist destination. Aspects of Ireland’s beautiful landscapes are uncovered including Glendalough, The Giant’s Causeway, Kerry’s Lartigue Monorail and how the sleepy village of Ennis is dealing with the increase of transatlantic flights at Shannon […]

Fundraising and manufacturing for the new state

Brenda Malone, Curator of Military History at The National Museum of Ireland, explores the 1937 Irish Hospital Sweepstakes Pigeon Derby in Dublin and a 1929 Civic Week Pageant of Industry in Dublin, showcasing over sixty different manufacturers. This film is part of The Irish Independence Film Collection – The Early Irish Free State that explores […]

Religion in the Irish Free State

Brenda Malone, Curator of Military History at The National Museum of Ireland, examines religion in the nation including the performance by famous Irish tenor Count John McCormack at the 1929 Catholic Emancipation Centenary Celebration in Cashel, the 1932 The Eucharistic Congress in Dublin and the case of Julia Clarke (a woman sentenced to a month […]

Rural & urban modernisation

Brenda Malone, Curator of Military History at The National Museum of Ireland, discusses the contrasting aspects between rural and urban modernisation in the Irish Free State, from the development of electricity and the Shannon Scheme to potato blight in Connemara and coracle making near the River Boyne. This film is part of The Irish Independence […]

Crock of Gold

When two children discover a herd of cows at the end of the rainbow they are disappointed as they were expecting to find gold. The film traces the journey of butter from cows grazing, to milking, to the final churning of milk into a crock of gold – packets of butter –  much to the […]

Maidens in Distress

This delightful film documents a trip by ferryboat to the Maidens lighthouse on the little island of Magee, Co. Antrim, to deliver essential supplies to the lighthouse crew.  Shortly after this movie was shot, the lighthouse became fully automated and the need for this service disappeared. Roy Spence is an award-winning amateur filmmaker. For the […]

Along the Milky Way

A comical documentary film by Roy Spence focuses on the various stages of a bottle of school milk. The commentary is given by a pint-sized cartoon character called Junior who appears on the milk-bottle cap. He explains the whole procedure to a little girl at school who has confused the words ‘diary’ and ‘’dairy’. This […]

Preparing for the Electricity Era

In this newsreel from 1929, the dawn of a new Ireland can be seen with the Shannon Scheme paving the way for new kind of energy. In a dramatic fashion, Master Vincent Bowen presses a plunger to detonate explosives to blow up the 120 foot chimneys of the Carrick-on-Suir Creamery. The Shannon (hydroelectric) Scheme was […]

The Shannon Scheme

The Shannon (hydroelectric) Scheme was a huge development by the Irish Free State in the 1920s. The aim was to harness the power of the River Shannon (Ireland’s longest river) and, through the Ardnacrusha Power Plant in County Clare, produce electricity across the country. The Shannon Scheme was officially opened on July 22nd 1929. One […]

The New Cork

This 1927 newsreel presents a ‘New Cork’ following the devastating destruction caused to Cork city during The War of Independence. The camera travels down Patrick Street where we see some of the newly rebuilt buildings like Cash’s, Egan’s, Roches Stores and the Munster Arcade. This construction happened within a few years and helped create new […]

Nuala Ní Dhomnaill – Imprint: Writer in Profile

In this Writer in Profile interview, Irish-language poet Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill discusses her early childhood in England where she grew up speaking both English and Irish. At the age of five, she went to live with her aunt in Co Kerry and was spurred to write Irish-language poetry after her first visit to the Gaeltacht. […]

Cospoir: Sport is Sult

The Irish version of the advertisement from Cospoir (The Health Education Bureau) which encourages the public to get involved in sports. To see more from The Irish Adverts Project, click here. (414)

Christmas in the City – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 237

In December 1963 Dublin was humming with excitement as crowds gathered in their droves to see the Christmas lights adorn the streets. Henry Street was overflowing with busy shoppers, enticed by the winter wonderland window displays and bargains at the market stalls on Moore Street. Children eagerly waited to meet Santa in his grotto, while […]

Dublin Shops Highlight Christmas – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 28

December 1959 and Christmas is coming. The streets of Dublin glistened with joy of the festive season. Everything you could wish for could be found here. In every shop window there was something to delight and entice, from the latest fashion trends to novelty Christmas candles; Dublin city centre had everything you needed for the […]

Christmas Cards Help World’s Refugees – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 130

Oscar-winning actor Dame Margaret Rutherford visited Trinity College in December 1961 to help promote the launch of charity christmas cards. Enterprising students were selling cards depicting famous paintings reproduced with the kind permission of the National Gallery of Ireland.  The proceeds would go towards the Irish Père Pire Refugee Fund. Père Dominique Pire, born in […]

Puss in Boots Panto – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 83

The legendary Panto Puss in Boots comes to Our Lady’s Hall, Mourne Road, Drimnagh. This amateur production has the whole community busily involved. Locals from Crumlin and Drimnagh offer their spare time and skills to help production, from acting and costume design to set design, electrics and carpentry. This is a play made by the […]

Valley Ice Cream: Big Red

An advertisement for Valley Ice Cream, encouraging people to get their next ice cream pop from ‘the big red fridge’. Featuring all the favourites, including Choc Ice. Valley Ice Cream was based in Thurles, Co Tipperary, and closed in 1997. To see more from The Irish Adverts Project, click here. (1125)

Kiskadee: Jungle

Colourful advertisement for Kiskadee rum, showing a variety of scenarios where people enjoy the drink. The advertisement is accompanied by a lively soundtrack and strapline: ‘Kiskadee, that’s the way the playground swings.’ To see more from The Irish Adverts Project, click here. (1269)

Bovril Stock Cubes: Terry Wogan

Advertisement introducing new Bovril stock cubes to ‘bring out the best in your cooking’. Terry Wogan demonstrates and encourages viewers to try them. To see more from The Irish Adverts Project, click here.   (5278)

Irish Matches: Weird

A short advertisement for Irish Matches in which a mysterious monster turns out the lights on a terrified man. To see more from The Irish Adverts Project, click here. (1995)

Dublin: Feed a Bin

Advertisement for an anti-litter campaign in Dublin city. A bin comes to life to tell a passer-by how hungry he is as the public are choosing to litter the streets rather than feed him. Animation was created by Jimmy Murakami, the American animator and director best-known for When The Wind Blows and The Snowman. To see more […]

Odlum’s: Heaven Only Knows

Advertisement for Odlum’s flour featuring a nun teaching her class to always use Odlums’ flour, whether they are a novice or a superior cook. To see more from The Irish Adverts Project, click here. (2785)

KENMARE’S LAST TRAIN – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 32

On the 1st of February 1960, Kenmare locals and railway workers looked on as the last train made its final journey on the tracks before the line closed. These trains were quite slow by modern standards but acted as a faster more efficient method of travel compared to a horse and cart. However, due to […]

MOTORCYCLISTS ‘SPLASH’ IN STAPLETON CUP – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 32

Competitors and spectators at the Stapleton Cup were gearing up for a thrilling day of dirt bike racing at the infamous Motoring Club of Leinster. The tracks of this famous circuit were known to be one of the most difficult around. The entire course stretched over 50 miles with each circuit averaging about 3 miles. […]

TIPPERARY NEW YEAR’S NENAGH – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 32

New Year’s Day, 1960, and the annual greyhound coursing contest was underway in Nenagh. All bets were off as the crowd gathered and the competition began. The judges took to the course on horseback to survey the long and extensive track, the hare was released and the hounds were soon in pursuit. There were 6 […]

NEW CORK DOCKLAND – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 73

The Taoiseach, Seán Lemass, opened the new dockyard in Cork as construction began on a 15,000-ton ship, the biggest of its kind to be made in Ireland at this time.The 400-strong audience (which included Erskine Childers, Minister for Transport) looked on in excitement as the Bishop of Cloyne blessed the site and the Taoiseach pressed […]

NIGERIAN INDEPENDENCE BALL – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 73

The Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin was a hive of activity as African and Irish people celebrated Nigeria gaining their independence on the 1st of October 1960. As the crowd danced the night away to swinging jazz music, the Lord Major of Dublin and his wife enjoyed the festivities with their guest of honour Mr. Vincent […]

DUNDALK RACES 1960 – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 73

Set near the historic Cooley Mountains, the 1960 Dundalk Autumn Races took place once the harvest was in and bookies hoped to coax some easy money from the farmers of Louth, Monaghan and Meath. Tensions rose in the fifth race where there were 8 horses running a flat race over the course of a mile. […]

Give Up Yer Aul Sins

Give Up Yer Aul Sins is an Academy Award® nominated short film, which humorously reenacts original recordings of Dublin schoolrooms in the 1960s made by Peig Cunningham and subsequently rediscovered and released by EMI. In the film, a documentary crew arrives to film the activities of the classroom. The teacher chooses Mary to retell, in […]

The Last Elk

The Last Elk re-imagines the story of the last of the wild Irish elk. Each animal is represented by a different musical sound; the elk experience peace, alongside harshness and strife, but always remain harmonious. When the last elk is killed at the hand of man, the music ceases, and the elk becomes a relic […]

Old Fangs

A young wolf decides to confront his father. He has not seen him since he was a child. With kind permission of Cartoon Saloon. (352)

Urban Tails

These funky foxes from Dublin sing in their own music video to educate us about what life is really like for the creatures living among us in our cities. With kind permission of Pink Kong Studios. (257)

Carte de Visite

Upon receiving a memento, an old circus personality remembers better times. With kind permission of Boulder Media. (110)

The Duel

The Duel is a short film inspired by Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. The film was created and directed by Giant Animation Studios as part of the Animation Hub, a work experience programme set up for students to work on live projects. With kind permission of Giant Animation Studios. (257)