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    Although suggested by the contemporary title cards as being on the Isle of Arran, Scotland, it appears that this may be the Aran Islands off the coast of Ireland.

    Title: "WONDERFUL WESTERN ISLANDERS. Remote from civilisation, unique in custom, these hardy Arran islanders eke out an existence from barren and rock-bound soil".

    Intertitle: "Having no harbour, the islanders drive their stock into the sea, hold them by ropes to the frail curraghs, and swim them out to the steamer".

    Intertitle: "For oars, the islanders use long bladeless poles, and manoeuvre their curraghs with skill and intrepidity".

    Intertitle: "WONDERFUL WESTERN ISLANDERS. Part Two".

    Intertitle: "Making pampooties, the footwear that renders rock climbing comparatively easy, from the raw cowhide".

    M/S of a group of woman and girls in shawls sitting on the beach next to bundles and baskets. M/S of several men wading out to sea to collect a live bull from a rowing boat, another rowing boat can be seen in the distance. L/S, taken from out at sea, of people on the beach.

    M/S of men, women and lots of children outside a straw roofed cottage, they are talking to two men in plus fours (Pathe representatives?) . M/S of a man leading a pack donkey past the cottage towards the camera. M/S of some men from the island and the men in plus fours playing a game that involves throwing a weight, a group of children watch.

    Scenic L/S, taken from out at sea, of the coastline and a ruined castle on a hill. M/S of a group of men holding down a cow while it is slaughtered. L/S, from at sea, of rowing boats sailing towards the beach where the islanders are gathered. L/S of boats rowing towards the beach. M/S of a woman helping a man into a jacket, another man sits on the sand next to him. M/S of two men putting on extra layers of clothes whilst sitting on the beach - possibly in preparation for going out to sea or climbing the cliffs, children in the background laugh at the camera.

    M/S of a man riding a pack horse between thatched cottages. More shots of islanders talking to the men in plus fours. Panning L/S of the coastline taken from at sea. High angled shot looking over a cliff edge of waves beating the rocks, tilt up to show coastline. M/S of men climbing the cliffs. M/S of one of the plus fours men talking to the cliff climbers.

    Note: the last part of this item appears to be cuts - not edited in chronological order.

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    British Pathé
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    01:32:42:00 / 01:38:07:00
    G 1117
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    G 1117
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    Lifestyle & Culture
    Lyrical Footage Lyrical Footage Empty Island pathe Oidhche Sheanchais 1920s Cinema Island Life in Ireland newsreels june IFI Selection IFI HD Selection - Batch 4
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  1. Michael Muldoon says

    These are the three Aran Islands that lie at the mouth of Galway Bay.

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