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West Cork – Father Delaney Collection

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


3 mins

This short film shows a delightful visit to West Cork. The holidaymakers (friends of Father Delaney) relax in the garden of Casey’s Hotel, take a boat to Garnish Island, bathe in the sea and join in an impromptu group singalong and a spur-of-the-moment céille.

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.