Dubliners lined O’Connell Bridge to welcome Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick for Christmas 1962

In December 1962, Rudolph and his reindeer team must have been resting for Christmas Eve t as Santa chose to waterski into Dublin City on the Liffey River to help ring in the season.

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Dublin’s streets were lit up with a canopy of fairy lights and each shop window was adorned with gifts and decorations. Shoppers bustled through Moore Street and Henry Street ready to snatch up a bargain as the children gazed at the classic toys and goodies on display.

This video from The Irish Film Institute gives a peek into Santa’s rather unorthodox arrival during a bygone era.

Produced by Gael Linn, Amharc Éireann (A View of Ireland) is Ireland’s longest-running indigenous newsreel series. It was distributed to cinemas throughout the country to promote the Irish language. The first 36 issues were produced as single-topic films which were released monthly, followed in 1959 by weekly, multi-story newsreels featuring a broad range of topics, from hard news stories to lighter magazine-style items. Between 1956 and 1964, 267 editions of the newsreel were produced for cinema exhibition. To see more of the Gael Linn Collection, click here.

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