• Short Summary

    A look at the process of hand weaving tweed in Donegal.

  • Description

    Donegal, Ireland.

    L/S of the coastline around Donegal. Various shots of the sea rolling over the rocks. L/S of green fields and hills with a house in front of them.

    M/S of a pretty white cottage, a boy is cutting up logs on the lawn outside and a dog is playing in the garden. M/S of the cottage with plants and a small cart outside, the boy walks into the shot with a basket of logs and enters the cottage, the camera pans up to the thatched roof which is secured with ropes to stop it blowing away in the gales. C/U of the roof with the ropes across it. M/S of two women and a man in front of the cottage. The women are weaving on small looms and the man is taking peat from a barrow. C/U of Mrs Sweeny weaving on the loom. C/U of her face, C/U of her feet working the treadle. C/U of her hands feeding the wool onto the loom. M/S of Mrs Maguire who is using a bicycle wheel on her loom. C/U of her hands and the spindle going round. C/U of her face as she works. C/U of her husband, Dennis Maguire, picking up pieces of peat from the barrow and putting them in a basket, M/S of him doing this and taking it back into the house.

    Interior. M/S of Barney Slowey stretching the tweed onto a big rack. This is known as warping and it is to prepare the threads for weaving. M/S of the bobbins with all the thread winding off. M/S of Barney as he stretches the threads onto the rack. C/U of the tweed as it comes off the loom, the camera pans up to show Danny Melly weaving it at the other side. C/U of the loom as it weaves the cloth. Various shots of the cloth being woven. C/U of Danny's face and his feet on the treadle.

    M/S of a room full of bolts of cloth, Joe O'Donnell who is the Chief Examiner is looking through one of them. C/U of him checking the cloth with a magnifying glass. M/S of Phyliss Mackey trying on a tweed coat, she walks away. Mary Ward walks up in a purple tweed suit, Miss Little, who has a tape measure round her neck checks the suit. C/U of Mary smiling.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:41:25:00 / 01:44:17:00
    CP 142

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