Dublin's Civil War

Dublin's Civil War

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10/07/1922 (of event)


01min 15sec




35mm, film, intertitles

black and white


National Film and Television Archive


British Film Institute

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The Free State Army formed in the wake of the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 were attempting to control the anti-Treaty rebels on the streets of Dublin in July 1922. After the Fall of the Four Courts other Irregulars fought in Sackville Street (now O´Connell Street). The man firing the rifle is probably a Free State soldier not yet supplied with a uniform. Artillery ensured a swift Irregular capitulation though Cathal Brugha, once Dail Minister for Defence, refused to surrender and was shot down, a revolver in each hand while shouting, ´they´ll never get me´. The Red Cross appears.

Shot List

'Topical Budget. Dublin's Civil War. How the Rebels were burned out of Sackville Street.' View from behind of a man in an alley firing a shot from his rifle. 00:13 'The first shell'. View from behind of a large gun being fired. 00:23 'First shell bursting'. Cloud of smoke in front of building, followed by smoke and then fire coming out of the ground floor windows. 01:00 'Rounded up'. Group of army men confronting and then surrounding a man. 01:09 'The Red Cross'. View from above of two men carrying white flags.


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