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    Good footage of Irish leaders plus barricades and ruins after bombing in Dublin.

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    Irish nationalism: various shots of Irish republican leaders - Eamon de Valera, William Cosgrave and Terence MacSwiney - and of barricades and ruins.

    Dublin, Eire (Southern Ireland, Republic of Ireland).

    Opens with courtroom scene; trial in progress; looking toward judge; table in FG; a man stands at the table; speaking; presumably a lawyer arguing a case; 2 other men sit at table. CU intense-looking man (probably Terence / Tomas MacSwiney -SL) sits looking at camera; then looks at papers on desk. ECU of Eamon de Valera speaking; smiling (this is a really good and rare C/U - SL).

    Next; some young boys stand by a street barricade of wood and barbed wire. Shots of more barricades running up steps and round building; more Irish kids standing around. A man (probably William Cosgrave) walks out of a door; sits in a chair on porch; opens book. Reading book. CU man speaking. Same guy with another. CU other guy.

    Next; various shots of bombed and burned railroad equipment; still smouldering charred frames of railroad car; rebel arsonists finishing up the job. Fire burning under car on train tracks; some men and boys poking rags under the cars into fire.

    Destruction; Irish Revolution; Sinn Fein; Irish Republican Army; terrorism; ruins; riots; children; Eamon de Valera; William Cosgrave; Terence MacSwiney.

    Note: Some old records spell the name as 'McSwiney' or 'MacSwinney', the correct spelling - according to historical texts - is 'MacSwiney' .

    Amendment October 2011: A visitor to the site has written in to correct the description of this clip. The shot listed as an ECU of Eamon DeValera is in fact Terence MacSwiney. The man sitting and reading is Arthur Griffith, and not William Cosgrave. Also, the steps with children on is in Cork, not Dublin.

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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
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    HD at Filmfinity
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:01:00 / 01:06:11:00
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  1. Unknown user says

    Re the text "A man (probably William Cosgrave) walks out of a door; sits in a chair on porch; opens book. Reading book. CU man speaking" the chap is Arthur Griffith.

    Johnny Doyle

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  2. Niall Murray says

    II have identified the figures, places and dates of the footage here: The scenes were filmed around the third week of July 1920. Opening scene shows a sitting of a Dáil Éireann court, most likely the District Court for Cork city, and most likely sitting in Cork City Hall. Terence MacSwiney, Mid-Cork TD (member of Dáil Éireann, the revolutionary Irish government) and Lord Mayor of Cork city is seen in his rooms at Cork City Hall. The heavily protected building is Cork Courthouse, where soldiers and barbed wire are in use. The official courts were largely redundant due to the operation of the alternative Dáil courts and IRA intimidatin. Arthur Griffith, founder of Sinn Féin, is the man with moustache reading the book, filmed the day before the Pathé footage was taken in Cork. He is joined by Robert Brennan, journalist and leading member of the Dáil's publicity/propaganda department

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