Irish Personalities

The Irish Independence Film Collection
Directed by:
British Pathé
Produced by:
British Pathé


4 mins 20 sec
Silent with English Intertitles

This newsreel is a compilation of shots of various Irish Republican leaders: Éamon de Valera, William T. Cosgrave, Terence Mac Swiney and Arthur Griffith. The opening scene is set in the courtroom of the Cork Courthouse where we see a trial in process with a focus on Terence Mac Swiney (Sinn Féin Lord Mayor of Cork).

Arthur Griffith, founder and leader of Sinn Féin, can be seen reading on a porch, presumably at his home.

The final scene is that of a group of men and young boys standing near a burnt out train carriage. The West Cork Railway, on which construction began in 1845, was also the railroad most affected by the upheaval of in the 1920s. Signal boxes were burned and tracks and bridges blown up, including the Chetwynd Viaduct.