Irish Personalities

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Category:
The Irish Independence Film Collection
Producer:
British Pathé
Duration:
6 min 10 sec
Year:

1920
Language:
Silent with English Intertitles
Technical:
4:3, 35mm B&W

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 then 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, with signal boxes burned and tracks and bridges blown up, including the Chetwynd viaduct.

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