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Dublin Zoo – Father Delany Collection

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

1930s
Duration:

1 min
Language:
Silent

Father Delany’s lens captures a school visit to Dublin Zoo. The highlight is a visit to the elephant enclosure where the Zookeeper demonstrates how to mount the elephant like a horse.

Father Jack Delany (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 Delany Collection, click here.

With kind permission of Irene Devitt.

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