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    Good footage of campaigning, including young De Valera, during Waterford Election.

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    Waterford Election - De Valera Helps.

    Republic of Ireland (Eire, Southern Ireland).

    Good shots of campaigning and polls. Opens w/ candidate speaking from a balcony & cheering crowd in street. Some men in street cheering. Nice shot of group of working-class people; w/ several women in front; cheering; waving flags; a soldier in FG joking w/ the young women; later CU soldier & women laughing; shots of soldier cheering w/ others; etc.- seems a bit unusual.

    A very young-looking Eamon De Valera in street making speech while a small group of people listen. Another politician (man from the balcony) in the street speaking to working-class crowd; people listening intently. Shot of some men pouring out of a building w/ bars on its windows; a large crowd gathered in front; all cheering wildly. Large crowd heading away from camera; still cheering & waving.

    Group of people - men; women & children - pose; all wearing little cards stuck on their clothing. Politician poses w/ another group. People in front of building w/ sign. Notice of Poll. Man helping a very elderly man walk from the polling place. More scenes of crowds. Officials get into car with sign on back reading 'Vote For White'.

    Irish Nationalism. (Possibly December 1918 or May 1921; the Sinn Fein won overwhelming majorities in both elections.) More on ON 085 L, ON 403 A.

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    Film ID:
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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1918 - 1921
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:48:04:00 / 01:53:09:00
    ON 311 B

Comments (2)

  1. Unknown user says

    I would say this is almost certainly 1918 and the occasion was the by-election for M.P. John Redmond's seat. Redmond died in March 1918 and his son William succesfully contested his fathers seat against Sinn Fein candidate Dr. Vincent White. The soldier in uniform that is mentioned in the description above is William Archer Redmond, he is wearing a black armband in honour of his father.

    The scene with De Valera was filmed outside the gates of Strangmans Brewery in Mary Street, Waterford. The bearded man with the cane on De Valeras right is George Gavan Duffy who was an British born lawyer and politician. He was also the man who defended Sir Roger Casement in his trial for high treason.

    The scene with the crowds leaving the building with the barred windows was shot at Waterford courthouse.

    In the scene outside the polling station there is a man in uniform wearing a slouch hat, he is a member of the Irish National Volunteers.

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  2. Seandelear says

    II fully agree with ofarrl1960's comments above , It is without any doubt the election of December 14th 1918. White was defeated in that 1918 election and the man in uniform is in fact Captain William Redmond. Clearly de Valera ( who was fighting his own election in Clare ) came to Waterford to assist White as Sinn Fein knew that there was a possibility that Sinn Féin would not win the seat . In this 1918 election Redmond was re-elected for Waterford City, becoming one of only two Irish Parliamentary Party MPs in the 26 counties , and he spoke out strongly in the House of Commons against British military policy in Ireland during the Irish War of Independence. Vincent Joseph White (1885 – 1958) was an Irish politician and medical practitioner who first stood for election as the Sinn Féin candidate for the East Tyrone by-election in April 1918. He was defeated in December 1918 election but went on to serve in the Dail from 1921-23 and 1927-1932.

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