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Government’s Answer to de Valera

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The first Cabinet meeting to be held beyond Downing Street or Chequers was on September 7th 1921. It was held at Inverness Town Hall as the future of British-Irish relations hung in the balance. Crowds gather outside for the arrival of the Cabinet – Winston Churchill and Prime Minister David Lloyd George. Lloyd George was […]

Back from the USA

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In this newsreel Mary MacSwiney (older sister to Republican Terence MacSwiney) and Harold Boland (Sinn Féin) pose for the camera upon their return from the USA. Mary MacSwiney, T.D., Nationalist and Educationalist, supported the Irish War of Independence in 1919–21. In 1921, after the death of her brother Terence in October 1920, during the height […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Eamon de Valera in Boston

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From June 29th 1919 to December 1920 Éamon de Valera toured America in a mission to raise funds for Sinn Féin. He is seen here at his first public appearance in Boston, speaking to a crowd of 50,000 people in Fenway Park Stadium. De Valera’s purpose in coming to New York and travelling throughout the […]

Countess Markievicz: The Only Woman Candidate Returned

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In this newsreel, Countess Markievicz is elected as MP for the St Patrick’s Division of Dublin. She was the first woman to ever be elected into British Parliament, but she refused to take her seat and joined Sinn Fein TDs to form the first Dail Eireann. Constance Georgine Markievicz, known as Countess Markievicz, was a […]

Waterford Elections

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The Waterford by-elections, March 22nd 1918: An enthusiastic crowd of people gather and cheer in excitement as Sinn Féin candidate, Dr. Vincent White, exits a building alongside Captain William Redmond (son of John Redmond). Captain William Redmond, from the Irish Nationalist Party defeated Sinn Féin candidate Dr. Vincent White in the by-election but campaigns began […]

Irish Crowds Welcome Markievicz After Release

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This newsreel shows a huge crowd filling the streets of Dublin to welcome Countess Constance Markievicz back after her release from prison. Markievicz is seen standing in a car and waves as is it drives down Westland Row and Brunswick Street, flanked by a mass of people parading alongside her in celebration of her return. […]

Sinn Féin Rising Liberty Hall Part 1

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This newsreel from April 1916 shows the devastation caused to Dublin city center after the Easter Rising. From the destruction of Liberty Hall at Beresford Place to the collapsing buildings on O’Connell street, this is one of the most eye opening newsreels from the Pathé collection highlighting the aftermath of the rebellion. The 1916 Easter […]

Sinn Féin Rebels

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In this newsreel we see disarmed Sinn Féin rebels marching from the Richmond Barracks in Inchicore to be deported in Kingstown (now known as Dun Laoghaire). The Richmond Barracks is where more than 3,000 rebels including 1916 Rising leaders were sent for executions or to prison camps in England and Wales. A still of Eoin […]