Restored footage of old Ireland and the fight for independence

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Priceless and rarely seen footage featuring many key architects of Irish independence is available to view online after a painstaking repatriation and digitalisation process by the Irish Film Institute.

Ireland's lack of indigenous filmmaking in the first half of the 20th century meant that the only footage of pivotal events like the Easter Rising and the War of Independence was held abroad, with much of it not available to the public.

With the help of funding from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the IFI brought home carefully selected newsreels from the British Pathé and British Film Institute archives to create digital copies from the original film prints.

Many of the newsreels had not been viewed since their original broadcast in cinemas 100 years ago.
Footage from fight for independence available online





Sadly Most of this footage is embedded on the IFI website, but it does look remarkable and is great viewing.

Go here to view

The Irish Independence Film Collection – IFI Player