British Pathé has made its entire archive, consisting of 3,500 hours of coverage on 85,000 films, available on YouTube. The Clare Herald has compiled some of the videos featuring scenes from County Clare dating back to the War of Independence.
The videos featured include the construction of the Ardnacrusha Power Station, the arrival of the Duke of Edinburgh at Shannon in the early 1960s, marriage of an Irish American couple in Newmarket on Fergus in the 1950s, and War of Independence scenes from Sixmilebridge.
Lady Sykes of “Peace with Ireland Movement” visits scene of reprisals at Sixmilebridge in 1921
The 1923 arrest of Éamon de Valera in Ennis in 1923.
The video describes how”Ireland’s stormy petrel” reappears from hiding and is promptly arrested in dramatic circumstances. Mill Street (Parnell Street) and O’Connell Square feature in the 59-second video.
The Shannon Scheme, Ardnacrusha (1928)
Irish-American Wedding (1954), Newmarket on Fergus
The Workhouse Ward Reel 1, Co. Clare (1950-1959)
Duke Of Edinburgh Visits Shannon Airport (1961)
Princess Margaret Leaves Shannon (1961)
West Coast Of Ireland (1965)
Shannon Airport (1969)
More from British Pathé here.