Dáil Returns to Round Room of Mansion House

EXHIBITION : THE FIRST DÁIL

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The return of the Dáíl to the Round Room of the Mansion House to mark the 50th anniversary of its first meeting and to honour the surviving members of that Dáil.

  • Title
    An Caogú Cuimhneachán Den Chéad Dáil
  • 1st Broadcast
    21/01/1969
  • Contributor
    Sean Duignan (Reporter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:02:55
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Clip title
    Dáil Returns to Round Room of Mansion House
  • Extended description

    A special programme showing the return of the Dáíl to the Round Room of the Mansion House to mark the 50th anniversary of its first meeting and to honour the surviving members of that Dáil.

    This was the first time that RTÉ Radio and Television broadcast live coverage of a Dáil session. Eleven of the twelve surviving Sinn Féin deputies can be seen in attendance - Joseph O'Doherty, P.J Ward, Dr James Ryan, Robert Barton, Richard Mulcahy, Ernest Blythe, Seán MacEntee, Dr Brian Cusack, Alasdair Mac Cába , Padraig O'Keefe and President Eamon de Valera. Sean Nunan, who had acted as a clerk to the Dail in 1919, is also present.

    The voiceover of reporter Sean Duignan sepaking in Irish introduces the surviving members of the first Dáil.

  • 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 extract here is from the first ever live broadcast of the Dáil in session on radio and television was part of this output.

  • Local keywords
    50th Anniversary, Round Room, Mansion House, President Eamon de Valera, Sean Nunan, Padraig O Keeffe, Brian Cusack, Sean MacEntee, Ernest Blythe, Richard Mulcahy, Robert Barton, James Ryan, P.J. Ward, Joseph O'Doherty, Sinn Féin , Alasdair Mac Cába
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Politics and Economics
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1969
  • Country of production
    IRELAND
  • Original identifier
    96D00196
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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
    Irish (gle)
  • Original language
    Irish (gle)
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