Grand National Winner Royal Tan Welcomed Home

EXHIBITION : AMATEUR FILMS AT RTÉ ARCHIVES

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Royal Tan the winner of the 1954 Grand National is paraded through the streets of Dublin.

  • Title
    Royal Tan Parade
  • Production Year
    1954
  • Contributor
    Norman Hodgson (Filmmaker)
  • Clip Duration
    00:02:58
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    Norman Hodgson Collection
  • Clip title
    Grand National Winner Royal Tan Welcomed Home
  • Extended description

    The winner of the Grand National, Royal Tan is paraded in O'Connell Street after returning to Dublin on 30 March 1954. The film shows Royal Tan being led from the ship the Leinster at the North Wall. 

    Large crowds greet Royal Tan accompanied by stable boys Christy Tuohy and Dave Manning on O'Connell Street.

    Photographers and newsreel crews are there to capture the moment. Royal Tan and his owner Joe Griffin are greeted by the Lord Mayor, Bernard Butler.

    Royal Tan was trained by Vincent O'Brien. 

  • Information

    Norman Hodgson (1905-74) was born in Lenzie in Scotland.  He married Marjorie Towers in 1932 and came to live in Skerries in the late 1930s and the couple had four children. Norman was an avid amateur filmmaker who recorded many sporting and social highlights of Irish life (much of it in colour) in the late 1940s and 1950s.

    He was MD of William W Warnock and Co and President of the Irish Seed Trade which took him and his camera to the Dutch Bulb fields on the Golden Jubilee of the Dutch Bulb Exporters Association and to the Spring Show where the company had a stand.

    Norman Hodgson was Commodore of the Skerries Sailing Club in 1952 and in 1953 organised classes to build Mermaid dinghy boats.  These 17 foot clinker built wooden vessels were raced annually competing for the Mermaid Trophy (a bronze replica of the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen) which he donated as a prize.

    Norman Hodgson wrote detailed scripts to accompany the screening of his films and he noted in one  “Please keep in mind that at all times there is only one camera, and one person behind the camera, and it means an awful lot of running around to do it all - not to mention the hours and hours, and weeks and weeks of editing, writing the commentaries, etc., etc.”

    Norman's daughters Helen Hodgson and Rosalie Pickering cared for his films, camera and projector before donating the collection to RTÉ Archives.

  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    The Media
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    DF3021
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
  • Rights terms and conditions

    Copyright Norman Hodgson. This material may not be replicated in any form or manner without the prior express permission of the copyright holder. For more information contact RTÉ Archives.

  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Silent
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
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