It’s only twenty seconds long.
But a newly unearthed piece of video captured on Leeside in the 1920s offers a fascinating glimpse into what life was like for many in Ireland at that time.
The colourised clip, shared on Twitter by Old Ireland in Colour, features a little girl sitting in front of a stone wall, singing the traditional tune Sail Óg Rua while feeding five hungry ducklings from a bowl.
20 seconds of magic from 1929 to brighten up your day
A young girl singing in Irish while feeding ducklings
(Probably Cork as other views include Shandon)
— Old Ireland in Colour (@irelandincolour) October 6, 2021
Filmed on May 14th, 1929, it’s part of the Fox Movietone News Collection, is owned by the University of South Carolina Moving Image Research Collections.
It can be placed in Cork due to other scenes in the longer film, which include views of the Shandon Bells and bells ringing in the tower of St. Anne’s Church, as well as a cattle fair in Macroom.
You can check out the full clip here. Old Ireland in Colour 2 is currently on the bestsellers list in bookshops across the country.