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The Irish Revolution

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This remarkable footage highlights the events that happened in the Battle of Dublin, including the devastating use of artillery by the rebels against the Four Courts and the shootings and battles around O’Connell Street. The Battle of Dublin was a week of street battles in Dublin from June 28th to July 5th 1922 that marked […]

City of Terror

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In this compilation newsreel from 1920, we see the first pictures from Derry where soldiers stand on streets during the War of Independence. ‘The aftermath’ intertitle shows us the devastation the Civil War had on Dublin, showing the many shelled and gutted buildings. Many of these can be seen being pulled down by workers to […]

Irish Revolution 1922

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This lengthy newsreel highlights some key moments in the Irish Civil War from troops revolting in Limerick, to the destruction of Sackville street in Dublin. The Irish Civil War (June 28th 1922 –May 24th 1923) was a conflict that followed the Irish War of Independence and accompanied the establishment of the Irish Free State, an […]

American Mission to Ireland

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This newsreel shows a group of delegates sent from the US Congress to investigate what was happening in Ireland in 1921. They visit villages in rural Ireland and see the devastation caused by the War of Independence, which resulted in partly demolished cottages and burned out houses. This assistance from America was largely the result […]

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 […]

Terror in Ireland

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This shocking newsreel highlights the ‘daily terror’ experienced in Ireland during the War of Independence. This is the aftermath of the shooting of Seán Treacy and Lieutenant of British military intelligence, Ivon Henry Price. They were killed on Talbot Street after a gun battle on October 14th 1920. A group of people stand outside J. […]

All’s Fair in…

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This newsreel shows a hostage being taken to the back of a Military patrol lorry where we see a group of soldiers (Black and Tans) stopping to pose for the camera. The Black and Tans, officially named the Royal Irish Constabulary Special Reserve, was a force of Temporary Constables recruited to assist the Royal Irish […]

Strike Scenes in Limerick

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April 1919 and martial law is in effect in Ireland. These scenes from Limerick show some of the military precautions that were put in place. Soldiers stop pedestrians to check identification papers and streets are barricaded by British Army tanks (HMT Scotch and Soda). The Limerick Soviet was a self-declared soviet that existed from April […]

Crowds Protest Against Compulsory Military Service

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The Conscription Crisis of 1918 stemmed from a move by the British government to impose conscription (military draft) in Ireland in April 1918, during the First World War. In this newsreel we see vigorous opposition from crowds of people. These protests were primarily led by trade unions, Irish nationalist parties and Roman Catholic bishops and […]