The History of The Irish...Worldwide
A 16mm film of a visit to Ireland. Great landscapes, Carna, Galway and Clifden are called on in the great old car (make?)
Tags: Galway, Ireland
Splendid footage ... priceless stuff. The music definitely doesn't fit as it's mostly Scottish, but it's great if you just watch it on mute. :-)
Thanks for sharing this, Declan.
Fabulousfootage...a British angler, visiting Connemara in the early 1950's, no doubt a very welcome injection of money into a very economically deprived region post WW2. The entire video is charming, but there are many unique moments in it. Watching how the donkey was used in so many ways in the daily lives of the people, the shyness of the women and the beauty of the 2 paisley shawls are striking. The turf, evident in so many shots, vital fuel for the houses, the gaggle of geese and the wonderful turkey. The seaweed gathering, an industry that continues today, the boats and the animals, the mountain scenery and the racing rivers. What a treasure of a find. Thank you for sharing. The car is I believe an Austin Twelve, dating from around 1946, which sold for £415...a small fortune back then. www.austin-eight.com/austin8brochure1946.htm (I may be wrong, but it looks like an Austin 12 or 16, with the long front and raked back look). This man and his family were very well off, but whoever they were, they must have been welcomed in the west. Today, the British touring tourist is still welcomed here, though American tourists now outnumber them.
Declan...do you know who the family were?
I think the Car more likely this Model from 1951,(1951 Riley RMA,) lovely Filum as they say, and the Wild West hasn't changed much in the 60 yrs apart from the Tinkers Caravans, your more than likelt to find a Tourist in the Horsedrawn ones these days.
I enjoyed this video tremendously. Thanks so much for posting this. This brought so many memories back to me of my first visit to Ireland in 1965, that I had to write it down. The scarves on the women's heads, traveling and working with the donkeys, the tinkers' caravans...so many details I had forgotten about. Thanks so much!
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