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Irish Home Rule party

Source: Michael Purcell c.2011

Carlow - Graigue-Cullen 1913.

Irish Home Rule party!

The meeting was filmed in October 1913 when John Dillon M.P. came to Carlow where he delivered a Home Rule speech. The original film is longer than the segment now on youtube. In the background of the first segment we can identify Doyles of The Shamrock home, shop, Public House and Iron-Foundry.

The Graiguecullen Temperance  Band led the Parade, with the Banner "IRELAND SOBER IS FREE"

The gathering was filmed by the Sylvester brothers, they placed several cine cameras around the town, the film was shown in the Assembly Rooms on Dublin Street and later at the Palace Cinema, Burrin Street. The original film was in the custody of a man living on Staplestown Road up to the 1950s, it was acquired by Mr K. Doyle of The Shamrock. I believe the original film is today in the custody of his son Michael Doyle. In 1983 I screened the film on a 16mm projector in Carlow Workman's Club.

The last frames show Mr Dillon arriving at Carlow Railway Station, the man on his left is Mr. Michael Governey.


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