Pathé newsreel footage shows St. Patrick’s Day celebration in full swing in Drumshanbo, County Leitrim in 1953
The video, titled ‘Dance at Cross Roads,’ shows a procession of horse carts and walkers, including girls in traditional costume, waving flags on their way to the dance.
The traditional Irish dancing takes place at the crossroads, while some locals look on.
“On goes the céilí until late in the afternoon,” says the announcer. “Plenty of singing and dancing to give an old fashioned twist to the ever new St Patrick’s Day.”