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Irelands Agony

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The Burning of Cork by British forces took place on the night of December 11th and 12th 1920 , during the Irish War of Independence. It followed an Irish Republican Army ambush of a British Auxiliary patrol in the city, which wounded twelve auxiliaries, one fatally. In retaliation the Auxiliaries, Black and Tans and British […]

Trial of Casement

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This newsreel contains various segments. The first short item captures crowds waiting to hear the outcome of the trial of British diplomat turned Irish nationalist Sir Roger Casement at Bow Street Magistrates Court. Only one piece of footage of Casement is known to exist and, for this Topical Budget’s newsreel, cameras had to improvise as […]

Free State or Republic

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Scenes of polling stations at the Irish general election are shown in this newsreel, where the main issue being voted on was whether the country should remain a Free State or become a full Republic –  the goal of de Valera’s Fianna Fáil party. Crowds of people gather on Marlborough Street and Free state soldiers […]

Fleet Visits Belfast

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The British fleet visits Belfast and ‘Liberty men’ come ashore (‘Liberty men’ was the term used for navy soldiers who were allowed off the ship). Four destroyer war ships are seen anchored as sailors hang over the railings of a vessel, cheering to the camera. A passenger boat crowded with sailors passes, the men clambering […]

Rebirth of a Nation

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This newsreel shows British troops unpacking lorries at the docks (possibly Dublin Port) and leaving Ireland, following the Anglo-Irish War. The interesting aspect of this footage is that it shows that British troops did not all leave immediately after the signing of The Treaty. Here they are departing in the middle of the Civil War […]

Irish National Army Sweeping On

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Scenes of fighting in Limerick are shown in this newsreel. National Army men fire field guns and rifles in the open countryside and Lancia armoured cars and omnibuses park outside a burnt-out building with a partially painted out sign ‘Vote Sinn Féin IRA.’ The Battle of Kilmallock took place between July 25th and August 5th […]

Dublin War Scenes

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This remarkable footage highlights the events that happened in Dublin during the Civil War from June 28th to July 5th. It depicts the devastating use of artillery by the rebels against the Four Courts and the shootings and battles around O’Connell Street, Abbey Street and Portobello Bridge. Free state soldiers are seen handing out supplies […]

Fall of Limerick

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This brief newsreel was originally released on July 29th 1922 and depicts Civil War scenes in Limerick city. The Strand Barracks are shelled and burned out and a roofless Barracks Chapel is seen smouldering. These are the first pictures which show the organisation and established military system then under the command of General Michael Collins. […]

Irish Rebels New Terror

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The exact location of the events in this newsreel is unknown, however some of the footage also appears in the Fall of Limerick, where the Strand Barracks is shelled and burned down. This could also be Collins Barracks in Cork. Other scenes of buildings in ruin and smoke billowing around appear to be of the […]

Civil War in Ireland

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The Battle of Dublin was a week of street battles from June 28th to July 5th 1922 and marked the beginning of the Irish Civil War. Six months after the Anglo-Irish Treaty ended the recent Irish War of Independence, the Civil War was fought between the forces of the new Provisional Government and a section […]

Dublin’s Civil War

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Released on July 10th 1922, this newsreel shows dramatic scenes at the Hibernian Insurance Company building on Sackville Street (O’Connell Street). Government forces attempt to burn out the rebels by firing their ‘first shell’ into a building as soldiers look on. The destroyed shell of a building has its windows blown out and as it […]

Sackville Street in Flames

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This newsreel uses similar footage to that seen in the Dublin War Scenes newsreel where we see the devastating destruction of Sackville Street (now O’Connell Street) during the Civil War. It highlights the events that happened in Dublin during the Civil War from June 28th to July 5th, and the devastating use of artillery by the […]