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The Shelling of the Four Courts

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The Battle of Dublin was a week of street battles in Dublin from June 28th to July 5th 1922 that marked the beginning of the Irish Civil War. At this time, the Four Courts were occupied by Republican Forces like Rory O’Connor, who is described here as being ‘the last of the Rebels’. Six months […]

Battle of the Four Courts

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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, Civil War was fought between the forces of the new Provisional Government and a section of […]

Battle of Belleek

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This exclusive newsreel from Topical Budget shows the ‘recapture of the Ulster border’ by Sinn Féin. Troops can be seen marching down a laneway in the countryside. Meanwhile, armoured vehicles and howitzer guns are fired towards the town of Belleek as the General looks on. In June 1922, at the beginning of the Civil War, […]

Ulster’s Gallant Woman Admiral

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Dramatic footage of Mrs. Laverton (Hazel Valerie West), owner and pilot of the steam-yacht The Lady of the Lake (renamed HMS Pandora), which was pressed into service during the rescue operations following the Battle of Pettigo. She was hailed by the newspapers in Britain some days later as the pistol-wearing ‘Ulster Admiral’. The Battle of […]

The Surrender of Dublin Castle

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Dublin Castle was originally built at a defensive fortification during the Norman period. It evolved into a symbol and citadel of British rule for centuries, housing the mechanisms of the British government in Ireland. The Viceroy of Ireland (Lord FitzAlan-Howard) and the representative of the British crown resided in the castle and can be seen […]

Hunting in Full Swing in Irish Free State

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This newsreel shows a large turn-out for the 1922 meet of the Ward Union Stag Hunt. The Ward Union Hunt takes its name from the hamlet and river called the Ward in the parish of Finglas in North Dublin and a roadside hotel at the time called The Union. The hunting event occurs annually to […]

Irish Peace Imperilled by Extremists

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This newsreel dates from December 8th 1921 and highlights a variety of events. The first includes the before and after scenes at the Mansion House, Dublin, when Éamon de Valera stated that he could not recommend acceptance of the Anglo-Irish Treaty. ‘But Dublin’s attitude is obvious’ as crowds cheer on the arrival of Mr. Arthur […]

Irish Free State

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This newsreel, which is predominately text based, declares that ‘after centuries of strife, Britain adds a contented New Dominion to the Crown’. The Anglo-Irish Treaty was signed between Irish and British negotiators in London at 10 Downing Street and would determine the future of 20th century Ireland. British Prime Minister David Lloyd George threatened the […]

Further Pictures of Irish Peace

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This newsreel depicts the immediate aftermath of the Anglo-Irish Peace Treaty on December 6th 1921. It shows the release of 1,700 internees from Ballykinlar internment camp. In the aftermath of Bloody Sunday, November 21st 1920, the British authorities arrested hundreds of republicans and opened several internment camps throughout Ireland. The first internment camp was this […]

Forgive and Forget

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The formation of the Irish Free State ‘Recalling the King’s noble plea at Belfast for peace, a plea which has at last borne fruit’. This newsreel shows the royal progress from the Belfast docks, up High Street towards City Hall while Black and Tans occupy an armoured vehicle on Thomas Street. King George V used […]

Will There Be Peace in Ireland?

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In this newsreel Sir James Craig, the first Prime Minister of Northern Ireland in 1921, is seen giving a speech. This event was during the lead up to the treaty negotiations which would culminate to the Anglo-Irish Treaty in December of the same year. Craig was highly critical of Lloyd George’s negotiations with Sinn Féin […]