Pupils of Saleen National School set the scene of the First Dáil


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In a bilingual radio programme for schools from 1969, boys and girls from Saleen National School, Cork, give the results of the 1918 election and explain what took place in the Mansion House on 21 January 1919.

  • Title
    The First Dáil
  • 1st Broadcast
  • Contributor
    Donncha Ó Dulaing (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
  • Material Type
  • Clip title
    Pupils of Saleen National School set the scene of the First Dáil
  • Extended description

    'The First Dáil' was a bilingual documentary for schools.In this extract the programme is introduced by Donncha Ó Dulaing. School teacher Gerry Moynihan and pupils of  Saleen National School, Cork, speaking in Irish and English give an account of the first meeting of the Dáíl.

  • Information

    The First Dáil (An Chéad Dáil) was Dáil Éireann as it convened from 1919–1921. In 1919 candidates who had been elected in the Westminster elections of 1918 refused to recognise the Parliament of the United Kingdom and instead assembled as a unicameral, revolutionary parliament called "Dáil Éireann".

    The establishment of the First Dáil occurred on the same day as the outbreak of the Irish War of Independence. After elections in 1921 the First Dáil was succeeded by the Second Dáil of 1921–1922.

    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. Part of this output was 'The First Dáil' a bilingual documentary for schools.

    The RTÉ Guide listing for the programme was,

    "A bilingual documentary for schools presented by Donncha Ó Dulaing. Among those taking part are the pupils of Saleen National School, Cloyne, Co. Cork; Díarmuid O Mionacháin, N.T. ; Seosamh O Dochartaigh, member of the the First Dáil, Dan Breen and a Shoillse Eamona de Valera, Uachtaran na hEireann."

    (RTÉ Guide January 17, 1969 vol. 6 No 4. p14)

  • Local keywords
    Dáil Eiréann, Politics, Elections, 1919, 1969, Donncha Ó Dulaing, Gerry Moynihan
  • Geographical coverage
    Saleen, Cork, Ireland
  • Topic
    Politics and Economics
  • Publisher Broadcaster
  • First broadcast channel
    Radio Éireann
  • Production year
  • Country of production
  • Original identifier
    L29/69 (LA000223)
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
  • Item sound
  • Language used
    English and Irish