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Sports Day – Father Delaney Collection

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Amateur, Irish Culture
Directed by:
Father Jack Delaney
Produced by:
Father Jack Delaney
Year:

1934
Duration:

2 mins
Language:
Silent

Summer, Dalymount Park, 1934: The school sports day is in full swing. A band plays and participants compete in boxing, cycling and a sack race as crowds cheer from the stands. It’s clear that a fun day was had by all.

Father Jack Delaney (1906-1980) was ordained in 1930 at the age of 24 and served as a parish priest in Dublin in the 1930s and 1940s. He served mainly around Seán McDermott Street (then Gloucester Street), Rutland Street and Gardiner Street. His films offer a fascinating glimpse of life at the time in inner-city Dublin and include scenes of trips with parishioners, tenement life, school children at play, religious processions, and residents of the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity Convent (which housed a Magdalene Laundry).

To see more of Jack Delaney Collection, click here.

With kind permission of Irene Devitt.

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