In this episode of 'Bowman Sunday: 8.30' John Bowman takes a look at some of the highlights of past election campaigns. In this clip from May 1961 Seán Lemass speaks with optimism of Ireland in a testing time. Seán Lemass held the position of Taoiseach from 1959 to 1966,

Sean Lemass died on 11 May 1971.

This episode of 'Bowman Sunday: 8.30' was broadcast on 13 February 2011.

The accompanying image from the RTÉ Cashman Collection shows supporters carrying Seán Lemass after his success in a Dublin by-election on 12 March 1924.