Scenes from Irish Revolution, 1916 - 1922.
Titles read: 'Barricaded windows in hotels which were used as strongholds by the Republicans.' Shot of windows in building with sandbags packed around them. Free State troops patrolling streets of Dublin search civilians Troops march along street, past tank and crowds. Civilians watch armoured vehicle go by. Sympathisers in the street watch and cheer as prisoners are taken away in lorries. Intertitle refers to Free State capturing Limerick from Republicans. National Army troops march along country road. Free State soldiers at sandbag barricades in city street - they have taken possession of the rebel strongholds. Prisoners (?) come up to street level near the barricades. Intertitle: 'The National Army is in absolute control.' Soldiers at lookout on top of building with sandbags around. Pan across ruined buildings with soldiers standing in foreground amongst debris. Shot of ruined church (?) with mangled lines of some kind lying covering the ground.
Intertitle refers to troops revolting against Free State occupying Limerick City - 'First pictures of occupation of hotels and public buildings by armed followers of De Valera.' Shots of soldiers and civilians standing defiantly on steps of building, looking out of window with rifles, posing on street with rifles. Provisional Government tanks patrol city.
Intertitle refers to the last British troops being replaced by IRA troops at Dublin Parliament. Pan across large building with huge crowds outside. Soldiers and military band march out of building gates and over bridge. Pan across enormous crowds listening to Michael Collins speaking on behalf of the Free State. Men try to control the pushing crowds. M/S of Collins speaking passionately. Crowd wave hats and umbrellas. Dublin - Gresham Hotel on fire as rebels are driven from their last strongholds. Ruined buildings on Sackville Street. Free State soldiers patrol empty streets, looking for Republican snipers. C/U of window pane shattered by gunshots - this is a window the Pathe cameraman was filming from. Aftermath of civil war in Dublin; people wander the ruined streets and look at the devastated areas. Wrecked buildings are pulled down.
In Belfast, Northern Ireland, ruins resulting from war between revolutionists and British troops. Mural painted on side of house in terraced street. Effigies / dummies hang from walls of houses. Government troops stand at sandbagged corner of street. M/S of General O'Connell, seized as hostage by the Republicans, laughing.
People gather at the gates of Four Courts Building (Dublin) where rebels were barricaded. General view of Four Courts Building. Two small boys with toy rifles march past the sandbagged gates. Soldiers in street load and fire field gun at Four Courts Building. Crowds gathered at the end of a street to watch the action are pushed back by soldiers. Armoured vehicles on the street. Soldiers stand in street after smoke bombs have been dropped to discourage crowds. Soldiers load a body into a cart on a country road.
In London, policeman stands guarding gates to Houses of Parliament; two women speak to him.
Scenes from Irish Revolution, 1916 - 1922.
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