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  • Short Summary

    Soldiers prepare barricades and horses and destruction in Irish town during revolution.

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    Trouble in Ireland - 1920? (Southern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Eire).

    Soldiers; possibly Royal Irish Constabulary - the Black and Tans - are preparing to defend garrison or other place. Opens w/ shot of vehicles approaching through stone arch. Horse-drawn wagons; Army trucks; automobile.

    CU soldier speaking; standing by open car; above level of crowd of civilians around him. Soldiers march through arch gate. Soldiers marching through courtyard. MS 3 soldiers; 2 hold ends of a long 2 x 4 board and turn it as the 3rd holds barbed wire which is being wrapped round the board. The soldiers hold up the board; more soldiers are standing around them. They walk away from camera. Soldiers arranging more barbed wire. Various shots of soldiers constructing barricades of barbed wire and sandbags. Soldier w/ rifle standing behind sandbags; other buildings in BG.

    Then; several soldiers are pulling & twisting barbed wire into a thick mess; along edge of a wall - some sort of fortress; in BG glimpses of people in street beyond. Soldiers groom horses. Pan along long line of horses rear ends. Officers wander about, overseeing the grooming session.

    Irish revolution - 1916-1920. Slow pan around central town area (Dublin?) w/ much destruction. Rubble from bombed building; w/ smoke still rising. Many pedestrians wandering around in street. Group of people standing by some monument; soldier w/ rifle among them. More damage. Pan past bombed out hotel still w/ signs for 'Luncheon & Rooms' when there are obviously no rooms left. CU group of soldiers drinking from cups; in street; pan left to counter set up & staffed by women. ECU Paper held up to camera; 'Irish War News. The Irish Republic.' Headline is 'If the Germans Conquered England' - which leads one to believe this may be from the Easter Rebellion of 1916; when some Irish rebels were trying to get help from Germany.
    Irish Republican Army; Sinn Fein;Royal Irish Constabulary; Home Rule.

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    Film ID:
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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1910 - 1929
    hd format:
    HD at Filmfinity
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:16:33:00 / 01:23:01:00
    ON 249 A

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  1. Unknown user says

    this film is made up of 2 separate sections.

    1. relates to the withdrawal of British troops from Ireland

    CU soldier speaking; standing by open car; above level of crowd of civilians around him - this soldier wears the uniform of the new Irish Free State National Army

    Soldiers march through arch gate. Soldiers marching through courtyard. - these are IRA/National Army soldiers taking over a barracks after the British withdrawal

    2. the damaged buildings and the soldiers eating is from 1916 and elements can be seen in the following 1916 film clips

    Johnny Doyle

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  2. Unknown user says

    The opening shot is of British troops leaving Custume Barracks, Atlone.
    Seán Mac Eoin speaks to the crowd at the hand over of Costume barracks, Athlone on 28th February 1922

    M J Heslin.

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