British Pathé Releases Gems from Its Irish Collection

We’ve scoured our archive for the best content related to the island of Ireland and we’ve made three vintage nuggets available on its streaming service, British Pathé TV (

This is the first time that British Pathé has released these three Irish/Northern Irish programmes, See You at the Pillar, Land of Magic, and The Workhouse Ward to watch in broadcast quality and free from any watermarks.

See You at the Pillar

1 x 16 minute

A 1967 documentary about Dublin that was Oscar nominated for Best Documentary Short. It is narrated by Anthony Quayle and Norman Rodway and was produced by British Pathé. Its writer and director was the BAFTA award-winning producer (for High Journey) Peter Baylis.

Land of Magic

1 x 26 minute

A 1962 British Pathé documentary, produced by veteran WW2 cameraman Terry Ashwood, explores Northern Ireland, with a focus on Belfast.

The Workhouse Ward

1 x 24 minute

An incredibly funny story about two grumpy men who live in an Irish workhouse. The Ria Mooney production dates from 1950, though the original play was written by Lady Gregory in 1909.

Alastair White, CEO of British Pathé, says of this release, “These three gems from our vaults are a wonderful insight into Irish and Northern Irish culture as British Pathé cameramen and editorial staff of the 1950s and 1960s viewed it.

“They’re beautifully filmed, and it’s a genuine pleasure to be able to make them available in broadcast quality so that they can really be fully appreciated. British Pathé’s coverage of Irish news and events was unparalleled, but these longer cultural timepieces often get overlooked among all the content related to the Revolution and the Troubles.”

The three vintage pieces are complemented by British Pathé and Zampano Productions’ Revolution in Colour, a 90-minute documentary about the Easter Rising, also available on British Pathé TV.