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Topical Budget 566-2: Civil War in Ireland (1922)


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"Mr Michael Collins' desperate fight against 'Irregulars'. These remarkable pictures of the bombardment of the Rebels' Stronghold in the Four Courts, Dublin, were taken by 'Topical's' operator lying on his back under fire". Medium long shot of the Four Courts building. "A Sniper's nest". Long shot from position by a wall of the top of the Four Courts. "Free State guns in action". Military vehicles [?] in street. "Shells bursting on the Four Courts". Shell fire and smoke between two buildings to the left of the Four Courts. Rear view of troops manning large gun in street. View of gunfire and smoke through window. Return to shot of clouds of smoke between two buildings. Sandbags in position beneath broken windows. View through window again. "Snipers emptied the Streets". Man looking down empty street with arch. "Homeless!". Adults and children seated on pavement. "RORY O'CONNOR Commandant of the Rebels and defender of the Four Courts" [title accompanied by still of O'Connor]. "Later. The Four Courts go up in Flames" [title accompanied by picture of the building on fire] Crowd in street by bridge to the right of the Four Courts. Ruined frontage of building. Medium long shot of smoke rising between Four Courts and adjoining building [to the left] seen from over the river. Long shot of Dublin with the Four Courts on fire and much smoke over the area. Medium long shot of building to left of the Four Courts with smoke rising from behind it. Medium shot of great clouds of smoke pouring out between this building and the Four Courts.