Super 8 Stories Extra Footage: Bridge Opening and Floods in Omagh

Super 8 Stories Extra Footage: Bridge Opening and Floods in Omagh

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12min 17sec




Super 8



Doubleband Films


Doubleband Films, Margaret O'Neill

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Margaret O'Neill

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Footage of the official opening of a new bridge in Omagh on 10th of December 1966 and of major flooding to the town in 1967 and 1969. This is the original unedited footage which was used in the making of the Super 8 Story, 'The Big Flood in Omagh'.


Margaret O’Neill was working as a librarian at the time she filmed the images of the Omagh Flood in 1967. 'I had always had an interest in photography from an early age. Friends who had a movie camera influenced me with colour films and recording family and friends actually moving and in many different surroundings and places. I had a Bell & Howell autoset camera and used a Eumig P8 ‘M’ Imperial Projector to view my films'. Margaret was a member of the Omagh Camera Club and enjoyed watching her movies in the presence of friends and family - 'we had holiday films and then home movies parties at Christmas etc'. Margaret gave up her hobby during the 1980s when film began to be replaced by video. 'I have not taken cine films for a long while - years. When I retired from work I was presented with a video recorder so since 1989 have mostly bought videos or recorded from TV anything of interest, but memories are always stirred when watching family films, holiday shots or travels as well as weddings'. She remains realistic about the prospect of her films being handed down through the generations saying, 'After my demise I doubt if any family cousins will show an interest', and so was only too happy to contribute her film to the Digital Film Archive for posterity.



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