"A fair day in Ireland would lighten the heaviest heart" - Blackwater holiday is a gem from 1964. 

What could be better than an adventure in Ireland? This remarkable short movie from 1964 showcases the very best of what Ireland has to offer in a carefree exploration of the Blackwater area in Co Cork that follows a group of boys from England as they have the vacation of a lifetime. 

Fresh from their collaboration on the Royal Showband film "The One Nighters" (1963), Bob Monks and Peter Collinson ("The Italian Job") came together to make this modest little film promoting canoe-camping holidays run by the Murphy family of Rathcoole in Co. Cork on the Blackwater River.

"Blackwater Holiday" was made in the summer of 1964 and features commentary by Frank Hall.  The film follows the adventures of a group of boys from England and continental Europe all set to enjoy the holiday of their lives in County Cork.

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The many outdoor activities include canoeing along the Blackwater, songs and stories around the campfire, a trip to Fair Day at Kanturk, Bridge End Abbey and the caves of Gortmore. Happy memories and firm friendships are made on this enjoyable holiday.

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All the beauty of the Blackwater area in Co Cork explored by a group of young lads visiting from England and the continent. Irish Film Institute.