Video: Rare footage of Albert Reynolds’ election triumph

Liam Cosgrove

Reporter:

Liam Cosgrove

A rare insight into the election of Albert Reynolds as Taoiseach more than 20 years ago has resurfaced.

The footage, captured by the late amateur cameraman John Joe Martin of Aughamore Lower, Aughnacliffe, shows the then-Fianna Fáil leader return to a hero’s welcome in north Longford following his electoral triumph in 1992.

Many of the images, which date back to Mr Reynolds’ promotion to Taoiseach in early February of that year, have never been witnessed before due to a strike at RTÉ at the time.

Among the large crowds to meet Mr Reynolds that day are now deceased and include figures such as the late Peter Gunshinan, TP Martin, Larry Oates, Brian Ginty, Mrs Grogan from Granard, Dan and Peggy Kiernan, Mickey Kelly, Johnny McCabe, Pee Cosgrove, together with local curate Fr McKiernan and Church of Ireland rector, Canon Jack Watson.

Several other famous names personified by the likes of the late Dr Peter Herety, Ned ‘The County’ Reilly, Mickey Doherty, Brian Lynch, and John James McCabe were similarly captured.

But perhaps the most striking aspect taken from the hour long-recording was the remarkable impromptu speech Mr Reynolds gave to voters in Aughnacliffe that same afternoon.