The First Dáil

EXHIBITION : THE FIRST DÁIL

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Three deputies recall how they came to stand for election for the first Irish parliament.

  • Title
    An Chéad Dáil 1919
  • 1st Broadcast
    20/01/1969
  • Contributor
    Aindreas Ó Gallchóir (Producer)
  • Clip Duration
    00:02:58
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Clip title
    The First Dáil
  • Extended description

    Aindreas Ó Gallchoir's programme 'An Chéad Dáil 1919' interviewed surviving members of the first Dáíl. In this extract Ernest Blythe, Robert Barton and James Ryan recall how they were chosen as Sinn Féin candidates for the 1918 election and were subsequently elected to the first Dáil (Irish Pariament).

    Ernest Blythe who stood for election in Monaghan despite only having been in the county once says, "Without knowing practically anybody in the county, I was selected and elected."

  • Information

    The first meeting of Dáil Éireann took place in the Round Room of the Mansion House on 21 January 1919. To honour the 50th anniversary of the this event the first sitting of the Dáíl for 1969 took place in the Round Room of the Mansion House.

    RTÉ marked the occasion with programmes on radio and television. The first ever live broadcast of the Dáil in session on radio and television was part of this output.

    In 'An Chéad Dáil 1919' ten of the twelve surviving Sinn Féin deputies who were returned in that election talk about the first assembly and the work it did. The programme was produced by Aindreas Ó Gallchóir and broadcast on 20 January 1969.

  • Local keywords
    Ernest Blythe, Robert Barton, James Ryan, 50th Anniversary, Dáil Éireann, Sinn Féin
  • Geographical coverage
    Monaghan, Wicklow, Wexford, Ireland
  • Topic
    Politics and Economics
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1969
  • Country of production
    IRELAND
  • Original identifier
    96d00204
  • IPR restrictions
    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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