Dwight Eisenhower in Hillsborough and assorted scenes

Dwight Eisenhower in Hillsborough and assorted scenes

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Carlingford, Carlingford Lough, Hillsborough, River Erne, Warrenpoint




Eisenhower was in Northern Ireland for four days from 21 August 1959


04min 32sec







Digitised as part of Unlocking Film Heritage


British Film Institute, National Museums NI, Tourism NI

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Evocative footage from Northern Ireland including: fishermen enjoying a tranquil day out, motorbikes racing on a grass track, Dwight D. Eisenhower visiting Hillsborough and all the fun of a ferry trip.

Digitised as part of the BFI's Unlocking Film Heritage project.


Tranquil scenes of fishermen on edge of the River Erne. The excitement of motorbike racing at Lisahilly, Enniskillen, as bikes thunder around the muddy grass track. Dwight D. Eisenhower, formerly the 34th President of the USA, begins a four-day visit to Northern Ireland on the 21st of August. He's greeted in Hillsborough by assorted dignitaries. Vivid scenes of a ferry journey from Warrenpoint. 

These colourful rushes are amongst a wealth of footage that was generated by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.  This government department had their own staff who documented the region through stills and moving images and the films they created capture various facets of life in Northern Ireland. The department was particularly busy in the mid-1950s to late 1960s, creating films that aimed to sell Northern Ireland as a holiday destination. This material captures Northern Ireland at an interesting time, post-World War Two and pre-Troubles.

Shot List

00:00-00:45 Men fishing on the bank of River Erne. 00:46-00:57 Motorbike race at Lisahilly on grass raceway. 00:58-01:14 Riders round corner, tents and hillside crowded with spectators. 01:15-02:14 Several laps of riders on straightaways and corners. 02:15-02:29 Bugle-blowing guard in military regalia as car drives by. 02:30-02:34 Dwight Eisenhower, former president of the United States stands between columns, possibly at in Hillsborough.  02:35-02:41 Eisenhower shakes hands with regalia wearing guard. 02:42-02:50 Eisenhower introduces his wife, Mamie, to guard. 02:51-02:55 Eisenhower, Mamie and others stand in row. 02:56-03:13 Family sits on boat, possibly small ferry being driven by man in yellow jumper. 03:14-03:44 Various shots of shoreline probably at Warrenpoint. 03:45-03:50 Boat landing on shore by derelict building, as another boat leaves shore. 03:51-03:59 Young boys with ice cream play on boats. 04:00-04:17 Boat called Newry in foreground, while other boat unloads passengers, and another pulls away. 04:18-04:24 Man walks with small children along shore, hat stall in foreground. 04:25-04:32 CU colourful at sold at stand, woman inspects. 4:32 Film Ends.   




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