Stills from Offaly Remembers 1916 – the film of the 1966 Commemoration Parade in Tullamore. By Offaly History

The film made of the 1966 Commemoration parade on Easter Monday 1966 may be the first film made of a public civic event in Tullamore. It was commissioned by the organising committee for the parade and was made by Eamonn O’Connor Studios, Limerick. The cost was £265. In 2015 funds were provided under the aegis of the 2016 commemoration committee to have the film restored and digitised (Midland Tribune, 2/7/2015). The script was by Denis Wrafter and the commentator was Padraic O Raghallaigh who worked with Raidió Teilifís Éireann (which commenced broadcasting on 31 December 1961). The Offaly committee had been chaired by Alo O’Brennan and the secretary was Paddy Minnock of Offaly County Council (Midland Tribune, 14/1/1967). The film was later deposited in the Offaly County Library and was shown on a few occasions since the 1970s. It was made available to the public in 2016 and has now been uploaded to the Decade of Centenaries site on the platform provided by on behalf of the contributors to the project. Our thanks to Offaly County Library. See also our discussion on the film with John Flanagan – On YouTube Offaly History. The film is about twenty minutes long and in black and white.

The report of the parade from the Offaly Independent, 16 April 1966 with Jack Drumm and Paddy Molloy, representing the two sides of the old IRA, coming together to lay a wreath. Far right is a picture of Enda Bracken, son of Peadar Bracken, reading the Proclamation. Peadar Bracken had died in 1961.
Revd A.T. Waterstone to the left of the 1916 veterans James Kelly and Seamus O’Brennan.
People assembled at Bridge Street for a view of the parade
Enda Bracken reading the Proclamation from the steps of the courthouse. The 2016
Possibly from Dolan’s Pharmacy
Stalwarts from Croghan area with the old tin mugs
Tom Galvin of Ardan Road, a former chair of Offaly History
The Duffy family on extreme right
Mick Forrestal of Clontarf Road on the right and Ned Connor behind
The Pender family to the front and Jim Toner to the back

Pat Minnock, hon sec to committee and John Horan
OI, 16 April 1966