Glendalough in Pathé News Reels 1928 and 1937

Large Group of Daytrippers in Glendalough c.1940s
Courtesy of P. Reid
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Upper Lake dancing site

Wonderful archival footage of Glendalough in the 1920’s and 1930’s is available on Youtube courtesy of the British Pathé News.

The first clip, from 1928, is titled ‘Cead Mile Failte – German Girls holiday making in Ireland, enjoy a day at Glendalough’. It features footage of a group of young German girls dancing and frolicking at the spit of land where the Glenealo River leaves the Upper Lake. It also shows them posing at their bus.

This spot is virtually unchanged and is still enjoyed by many families today. To watch the clip click here.

The second clip is from 1937 and is called ‘The Legend of The Lough‘. It features many idyllic and peaceful scenes from around the valley and tells some of the legends associated with this wonderful valley.

This clip can be watched here.

Glendalough Heritage Forum claim no ownership of these movie clips and are simply providing access via Youtube.

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