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Trouble in Ireland

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This newsreel is a compilation of events that happened in Ireland between 1916 and 1922. The order of the events is not presented sequentially, but it gives a glimpse of the level of military presence and destruction in Ireland (predominantly Dublin city) during this time. The first segment shows British soldiers leaving Athlone Barracks following […]

City of Terror

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In this compilation newsreel from 1920, we see the first pictures from Derry where soldiers stand on streets during the War of Independence. ‘The aftermath’ intertitle shows us the devastation the Civil War had on Dublin, showing the many shelled and gutted buildings. Many of these can be seen being pulled down by workers to […]

Ulster Demonstration

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This newsreel contains large portions of footage that is intercut with another newsreel from the Pathé Collection from 1912, Orangeman Demonstrate. It is commonly reported that the people marching are Orangemen but this is not the case. Both newsreels feature a Nationalist rally taking place with crowds of people cheering on the Irish National Foresters, […]

Irish Personalities

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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 […]

Roads Searched

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This newsreel shows rural roads in Ireland being searched for damage. Royal Irish Constabulary troops check under blown up bridges for evidence of what devices were used. Police are seen putting barbed wire around a RIC barracks for protection against attacks. By early 1920, violent attacks by the IRA increased in isolated rural areas causing […]

Side Lights on Sinn Féin

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This newsreel from Limerick in 1920 shows a side of Irish history that is rarely spoken of. Here we see May Connolly who has been beaten and had her hair shorn for the crime of speaking to Black and Tans. This method of terrorising and intimidating was used by both IRA and Crown Forces as […]

Martial Law in Ireland

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This newsreel shows very rare scenes inside the first concentration camp where members of the Sinn Féin party were treated as prisoners of war. Ballykinlar Internment Camp was the first mass internment camp to be established by the British in Ireland during the War of Independence. Situated on the County Down coast and opened in […]

Terror in Ireland

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This shocking newsreel highlights the ‘daily terror’ experienced in Ireland during the War of Independence. This is the aftermath of the shooting of Seán Treacy and Lieutenant of British military intelligence, Ivon Henry Price. They were killed on Talbot Street after a gun battle on October 14th 1920. A group of people stand outside J. […]

Leaving Church – The Horgan Brothers Collection

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As future cinema owners, The Horgan Brothers had the foresight to know any event that attracted enormous crowds was worthy of filming. From 1917, their amateur newsreel The Youghal Gazette was shown in The Horgan Picture Theatre, and people from the locality would come to catch a glimpse of themselves on the big screen. This […]