Emigrants return, workers keep essential service going, swimmers take the plunge and children see what Santa has brought.

Emigrants returning home for Christmas from England are collected at the North Wall. Members of the Defence Forces in Cathal Brugha Barracks enjoy Christmas dinner. Nurses care for patients in a hospital.

In one Cork fire station firefighters ensure that equipment and vehicles are ready for the next call out.

Hardy sea swimmers enjoy a dip at the Forty Foot, and the wait is finally over on Christmas morning for children who play with their presents from Santa.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 25 December 1963. The footage shown here is mute.