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‘Ireland, a Nation’ film banned
Title screen from the film 'Ireland, a Nation'. Photo: Trinity College Dublin &the Irish Film Institute

‘Ireland, a Nation’ film banned

Dublin, 11 January 1917 - The Irish military authorities have issued an order prohibiting the further exhibition of a film entitled, 'Ireland, a Nation' which had been shown at the Rotunda Picture House. 

The film is deeply nationalist in content and includes scenes depicting the 1798 rebellion, the Great Famine, the trial and execution of Robert Emmet, and the passing of Catholic Emancipation.

Considerable crowds attended screenings of the film, which had previously enjoyed a 20-week run in Chicago where it played to huge audiences. It was described by some of those who saw it as possessing 'great dramatic power'.

Ireland, A Nation (1914). (Video: Uploaded by Trinity College Dublin and the IFI. More info here: http://www.tcd.ie/irishfilm/silent/ireland-a-nation.php)

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]

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The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago.