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    Guards at the Ulster Border.

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    Northern Ireland.

    Title: "The Seat of all the Trouble! First pictures from the much debated Ulster Border".

    M/S of member of the Royal Ulster constabulary on guard, looking over a dry stone wall, pan to show a rapid flowing river and a scenic country town. L/S of a fort, a soldier stands guard on the top of a turret under an Irish National flag. L/S of a line of R.U.C. men standing in front of and on a wall outside a farm building. C/U of two policemen sitting on a wall, between them is a sign - ULSTER FREE STATE BOUNDARY.

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Black & White
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    02:01:01:00 / 02:02:00:00
    G 1126

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  1. Unknown user says

    This is the village of Belleek on the C.Fermangh(UK) and Co.Donegal Border, and the river is the Erne. In fact I believe the river is the border at this point. This is the home of the famous Belleek pottery, and this is visible in the film. See link for photo: .
    The river flows much more slowly now as a hydro-electric dam was built about 5 miles downstream in the 1950s

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  2. willow1 says

    First shot is an Irish Soldier on sentry duty on the walls of "Belleek Fort" which is in the IIrish Republic and which was reoccupied in June 1922 by British forces.The fort was shelled at that time by the British and the IRA left it in their hands. The British handed back the fort iin 1924. The river Erne is visible in this shot and also The old hotel just across the river in NI and the old Belleek Bridge below the Fort is visible as is the world famous Belleek Pottery.The next shot shows the walls of Belleek Fort with look out post above the entrance to the fort and the Irish Tricolour flying. I'm unsure where the remaining shots were taken but can't place them around Belleek.

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  3. Ciaran Regan says

    The last shot of the soldiers standing and sitting on the bridge with the Free State/Ulster border sign is in Pettigo on the Fermanagh/Donegal border, being at that point, the River Termon. This shot is the same as forms the cover photo for Cormac Moore’s 2019 book, ‘Birth of the border’.

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