‘IRELAND WILL BE FREE’

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A Remarkable Film – showing at the Celtic Club!

Sunday 13th November 2-4pm

Watch this restored and remastered film, made under the patronage of Archbishop Mannix and John Wren, and premiered at the Princess Theatre in May 1920.

This remarkable film of St Patrick’s Day 1920 in Melbourne is an impassioned call for Ireland’s independence at a time when such a demonstration was not possible in Ireland.

The film shows the 14 Victoria Cross winners, the 10,000 returned soldiers and sailors and the 30,000 young Irish Australians who marched, watched by a 100,000 strong crowd in the Bourke Street Parade. This was followed by displays of Irish dancing at the Royal Exhibition Building, attended by around 60,000 people.

It includes tributes to Irish republican movements and shows the parade leaders (Victoria Cross winners) cabling British Prime Minister David Lloyd George to demand Irish independence.

An opening section about the Easter Rising leaders was censored by Australian Prime Minister Billy Hughes, Mannix’s opponent in the conscription plebiscites. It has now been restored in this remastered edition, allowing us to see the complete film for the first time.

A Free Film – For a preview : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8RCCx9npIQ

Running Commentary by Dr. Val Noone, followed by a Panel Discussion

Lunch available at the Celtic Club from 12pm