Contraceptive Train

EXHIBITION : WOMEN IN IRISH SOCIETY

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Members of the Irish Women's Liberation Movement travel to Belfast in 1971 to buy contraceptives.

  • Title
    Contraceptive Train
  • 1st Broadcast
    22/05/1971
  • Clip Duration
    00:02:18
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    RTÉ News
  • Clip title
    Contraceptive Train
  • Extended description

    In 1971 members of the Irish Women's Liberation Movement travelled to Belfast by train to buy contraceptives in protest against the law prohibiting the importation and sale of contraceptives in the Republic of Ireland. It was a landmark moment in the Irish women's movement.

    This RTÉ News report shows the women buying contraceptives over the counter in Belfast.There is an interview with Pat Ledwith who says she thought her purchases would be taken from her, but they weren't.

    At Connolly Station in Dublin, where the Belfast train has returned with the women onboard, demonstrators chant "let them though" and "enforce the constitution" at the customs officials. Nell McCafferty can be spotted briefly in the crowd. Triumphant women pass through the barrier holding their contraceptives in the air.

  • Information

    A RTÉ News report broadcast on 22 May 1971. 

    Part of this report is mute.

  • Local keywords
    Women, Contraception, Equality, Protests, Pat Ledwith, Nell McCafferty, Dublin, Belfast, Customs
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Society and Social Issues
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
    1971
  • Country of production
    IRELAND
  • Original identifier
    N142/0071D
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    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Black and White
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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