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A Step Back In Time. FILM | Free Screening | Monday 27th March | 45 mins | Compiled and edited by Michael Hussey

Bobby Chapple home movie archive film screening at Cumann na Daoine as part of the Lifelong Learning Festival.

A free screening of the home movie archive of the late Bobby Chapple is taking place on Monday, 27th, March, at 3:30pm in the Cumann na Daoine premises on Catherine street, Youghal.

Amateur filmmaker Bobby Chapple captured the hustle and bustle of everyday life outside his front door shop on North main street Youghal from the 1950’s to the 1970’s. This wonderful collection of archive 8mm film will be screened for the first time at Cumann na Daoine.

There are many and varied scenes shown in the silent home movie clips: The busy dockside with the boats entering and leaving the harbour. The building of the new Lighthouse hill as we know it. The Lifeboat launched at The Mall. The marching bands like St. Mary’s Brass and Reed Band and the Cork Hill Pipe Band. The opening of the New Bridge in 1963. A workers strike outside the Youghal Post Office. The trains arriving at the Youghal Railway Station. Shark fishing and weigh-in (not for the squeamish!) Jazz Healy’s gymnastics team performing at Green Park. The huge fire at the Atlantic and the Pacific hotels at the Upper strand in 1972. Factory workers, bonfire night, the collapse of Cal Flavins’s shop at the corner of main street and Nile street. Armistice remembrance day outside the British Legion building in the 1950s. St. Mary’s Collegiate Church is also featured. This is where Bobby spent much of his time documenting the historic church and Bobby himself talks of the folklore legend of Oliver Cromwell’s daughter buried beneath the tiles in the church. The building of the landmark water tower at the top of Cork Hill is surrounded by metal scaffolding. The tourist ‘Glass Boat’ as it was known locally doing the river trips and not least to mention the well known cartoon outside his shop that Bobby himself painted.

All in all a packed archive of nostalgia.

Local Community Development Worker with Cumann na Daoine, Hayley Fox-Roberts, said “We are delighted to be screening this wonderful home movie archive as part of the Lifelong Long Learning Festival. We have screened similar events like this before and it’s so good to see previous audiences participation when they see faces and places from the past. The names keep on rolling out throughout the screening. This one though is specially dedicated to the late amateur filmmaker Bobby Chapple and I’m very much looking forward to it”

Michael Hussey who edited and compiled the archive said “It will be a bit like Marty McFly going Back to the Future in the Cumann na Daoine premises time machine. So set your present time for Month: March: Day 27: Year 2023: Hour: 15:00: Minute: 30 and your destination time for Youghal 1950s to the 70s."

So step back in time for a bit of fun and chat and teas and biscuits. Please come along to the free launch this Monday, the 27th March, 2023 and delve into the town's past.

WHERE: Cumann na Daoine
WHEN: Monday 27th March
TIME: 3:30pm

Hayley Fox-Roberts
Local Community Development Worker
Cumann na Daoine,
Catherine Street,
Youghal, Co. Cork
024 91900
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