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Ireland’s Fate Decided in the Highlands

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In this newsreel from 1921, Prime Minster David Lloyd George meets Irish Viceroy, General Macready, and Sir Hamar Greenwood at Brahan Castle, in Easter Ross, Highlands Scotland. Lloyd George presided over the Government of Ireland Act 1920 which partitioned Ireland into Southern Ireland and Northern Ireland in May 1921 during the Anglo-Irish War. Lloyd George […]

Ireland’s Holy Mount

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This footage captures a pilgrimage to Ireland’s Holy Mount, Croagh Patrick, from 1921 where thousands of people toil over bog and boulders to reach the summit and pray for peace. Croagh Patrick is a 764 metre-high mountain and an important site of pilgrimage in County Mayo, Ireland. It is the third highest mountain in County […]

I Want Peace

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In this newsreel, Éamon de Valera arrives in London in July 1921 for discussions on a peace proposal for Ireland with Count George Noble Plunkett, Robert Barton and Arthur Griffith. The first stage in these negotiations was the dispatch of an Irish delegation to London on July 12th. The party consisted of de Valera, Arthur […]

Is it the Dawn?

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Éamon de Valera (having previously refused interviews) released this statement to the world exclusively through Topical following truce talks with Lord Middleton between July 4th and 8th 1921. This intertitle-only newsreel is unusual as we see his quote from an extract of the poem Celts and Saxons by poet Thomas Davis. ‘Ireland is fighting solely […]

Ulster Will Not Yield

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In this newsreel Orangemen march with banners through a crowd-lined street in Belfast to demonstrate their loyalty to Britain on July 12th 1921. Sir James Craig is in attendance and is seen being welcomed onto the platform and addressing the large audience. Craig was highly critical of Lloyd George’s negotiations with Sinn Féin at this […]

Ulster’s Parliament Assembles

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In this newsreel the Lord Lieutenant, Lord FitzAlan-Howard, and 40 elected Unionist members of Parliament are seen attending the historic opening and first session of the Ulster Parliament in Belfast City Hall on June 7th 1921. Sir James Craig, seen towards the end of this newsreel, was made Prime Minister just a few days before […]

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 […]