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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 […]

Is it Peace?

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London, October 11th 1921: Sinn Féin delegates, including  Arthur Griffith, arrive for the first formal peace negotiations at 10 Downing Street. In this newsreel, scenes of the Irish Embassy at 17 Grosvenor Place, London, are depicted with the Irish tricolour flag prominently placed above the main entrance. Crowds are seen kneeling and praying on the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ireland’s 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 […]

Saint Patrick’s Day – 1917

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This newsreel set in London shows the Lord Mayor of London arriving at Saint Patrick’s Church. It is the celebration for Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, and Irish women are seen selling flags in the street to passersby. These women were most likely collecting for charitable organisations, like the London Irish Benevolent Society, […]

Requiem Mass

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This newsreel from 1916 shows Irish Guards attending the mass service for officers and men of their regiment who have fallen in the war. (542)

Irish Food Committee

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A close up of three Irish women at a table preparing food, most likely for soldiers. During the First World War era (1914- 1918) the women of Ireland quickly adapted to the many challenges initiated by Britain’s declaration of war against Germany. The country’s existing network of philanthropic organisations provided a solid foundation for a […]

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 […]