Surrender of Dublin Castle

Surrender of Dublin Castle

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19/01/1922 (of event)


01min 26sec




35mm, film, intertitles

black and white


National Film and Television Archive


British Film Institute

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Only a week after the Treaty had been ratified, Dublin Castle, the heart of British Rule in Ireland, is handed over to the Provisional Government (which strictly speaking was headed by Arthur Griffith and not Michael Collins). Cathal Brugha, even though he had voted against the Treaty, is there at 00:23 (he was the Dail Minister of Defence, but now had no cabinet post). At 00:41 the Lord Lieutenant, Lord Fitzalan is leaving. The Black and Tans and Auxiliaries are seen ready to go.

Shot List

'The Surrender of Dublin Castle. Topical Budget.', 'Historic Building which for Centuries has been the stronghold of the Crown formally handed over to Provisional Government of Southern Ireland.' View from above looking down on a crowd lined street with cars and vans passing. 00:23 The fourth man is Cathal Brugha. 'Provisional Government, headed by Mr Collins, arrives to take over.' General views inside courtyard of Dublin Castle. 00:41 'Exit the Viceroy, Lord Fitzallen'. 00:59 'The Black & Tans pack up'. 01:22 'The last guard of the Castle dismissed'.


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