Clarecastle in the 1950s - a film made by the late Anthony Considine

Update – April 2021

A Nationwide programme on RTE 1 television was centred around the 1950s film. The programme can be seen here:


Heritage Week 2020 is largely a virtual event because of Covid-19.  Normally, Clarecastle would host an exhibition, a talk and a heritage walk. Instead, we have release this wonderful film capturing images of Clarecastle life in the 1950s filmed by Anthony Considine., as our 2020 Heritage Project.   Anthony was a son of the late Patrick Considine, former Harbour Master of Clarecastle Quay. He was a keen maker of films and captured many family events such as weddings, First Communions, hurling matches etc. on Standard 8 and Super 8 cine-film. His son, Pat Considine, kindly allowed Eric Shaw to view these old and fragile films. Eric extracted pieces from the films and put them together to create these evocative scenes of the village and fascinating insights in to a busy Quay in Clarecastle.

  • Clarecastle Regatta 1953
  • Unloading of the Tourmaline on 1 September 1953 at Clarecastle Quay, with coal for Dan McInerney in Ennis
  • Scenes with Old Clare Commons in the background.
  • Unloading of the Quirina on 23 October 1953 at Clarecastle Quay, with fire bricks for Clarecastle Pipe Factory

See RTE 1 News on 17 August 2020 RTE Player here at 22.04 minutes

The Hoyne family put music to the film using a tune ‘Little Bird’, composed by Tim Edey.

Music by Abbie, Emily and Grace Hoyne

Click on the Blue Button to play the film

Nationwide Logo
Screenshot from the Nationwide programme of 12 April 2021 showing Pat Considine with the old film
Nationwide RTE 1
Scene from film
Anthony Considine
Clare FM Interview Tues. 12 August 2020 on the 1950s Film
Clare FM
Clarecastle Heritage - Catherine O'Connor, Eric Shaw, John Power, Jean Ryan. In front- Christy Leyden of Clareacstle Heritage and Anne Cassin of Nationwide
John Power
Nationwide photo - Anne Cassin of Nationwide, Eric Shaw, Catherine O'Connor, Christy Leyden and Jean Ryan - all of Clarecastle Heritage
John Power
Nationwide - John Power with Anne Cassin

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