Film: 7555

Places + Locations | 1920 | Silent | B/W

Synopsis:

Amateur home movie
Bit unclear as no documentation with this film. Some filming from top of GPO. Not sure if runs in chronological order. Men on board ship - one furtively takes an object, like some plumbing pipes, visible if freeze-framed from a sack. Are these men smuggling?
Woman boarding ship along gangplank. Smoke pouring from ship's funnel. Wake of passenger liner at sea. Street scenes of Dublin, Ireland. Bridges across the River Liffey, Dublin with traffic crossing. 'Playboy of the Western World' poster outside the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, Eire.
O'Connell Street, Dublin. Vast crowd. Crowds, possibly attending a general election meeting. Marching band, possibly the Transport and General Workers Union band.. Men wearing overcoats appear to wait for band to approach before joining in the march. Wrecked buildings in Dublin, possibly because of 'the Troubles'. Streets of Cork, river, church and cathedral, ladies in shawls. Horse carts, open top trams. Dublin Station, train. Shot of exterior of Glasgow railway station. Good tram and street scenes in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Abbey Theatre Poster and "Playboy of the Western World." This play ran for the week commencing 11th July 1927. The poster was displayed for that week, possibly from late Saturday 9th. This means that the photographer was in Dublin and Cork around that time.

The Irish Free State General Election was held on 9th June 1927. If we assume that the photographer was a tourist he was unlikely to have been in Dublin before 4th July and during the Election Campaign. However, the Fianna Fail party, leader Eamon De Valera, had candidates for the first time in that June election and 44 were elected. They refused to take the Oath of Allegiance to King George V (Irish Free State was a Dominion) and were not allowed to take their seats in the Irish Parliament. They held a series of marches and meetings protesting about this and the march on the film may be one of these.


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