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University College Cork
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film history, newsreels, amateur film, Ireland
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About Me

Dr Ciara Chambers is a Lecturer in Film and Screen Media in University College Cork, a member of the IAMHIST (International Association of Media and History) council and associate editor of the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. She recently adapted her book Ireland in the Newsreels (Irish Academic Press, 2012) as a six-part television series (Éire na Nuachtscannán) which was broadcast on TG4 in 2017 (

Recent Publications


Ireland in the Newsreels. Irish Academic Press: Dublin, 2012.


Edited Collection:

Chambers, Ciara, Mats Jönsson and Roel Vande Winkel (Eds.) Researching Newsreels: Local, National and Transnational Case Studies (New York: Palgrave, 2018).


Journal Articles:

“An Advertiser’s Dream: The Construction of the ‘Consumptionist’ Cinematic Persona of Mercedes Gleitze”. Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media 6, Winter 2013.

“’British for the British – Irish Events for the Irish’”: Indigenous Newsreel Production in Ireland.” Historical Journal of film, radio and television, 32 (3).2012: 361-377.

BUFVC databases go ‘outside the box.’Viewfinder, Vol. 84, 2011: 14-15.

“Capturing the Nation: Irish Home Movies 1930-1970.” The Journal of Film Preservation Vol. 82, May 2010: 60-63.

“Ulster on Screen”. Due North. 1.6. Autumn/Winter 2002.


Chapters in Edited Collections:

“The Aftermath of the Rising in Cinema Newsreels.” In Object Matters: Making 1916, edited by Joanna Brück and Lisa Godson, 70-79. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2015.

Chambers, Ciara and Monahan, Barry “The Roma Irish Film Festa.” In Ireland and Cinema: Culture and Contexts, edited by Barry Monahan, 181-191. Palgrave: London, 2015.

The Spence Brothers: Amateur Sci-fi and Cine Culture in Northern Ireland.” In Small-gauge Storytelling: Discovering the Amateur Fiction Film, edited by Ryan Shand and Ian Craven, 373-399. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013.

Capturing Ireland: The Travelogues of JJ Tohill.” In Tourists & Nomads: Amateur Images of Migration, edited by Sonja Kmec and Viviane Thill, 57-65. Marburg: Jonas Verlag, 2012.

“Time marches on: representations of 1930s Ireland in March of Time newsreels.” In Irish Films, Global Cinema, edited by Martin McLoone and Kevin Rockett, 125-139. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007.

“Partitionist viewing – the split in newsreel coverage of Ireland during the Second World War.” In National Cinemas and World Cinema, edited by Kevin Rockett and John Hill, 42-51. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2006.



“To review or not to review: top ten tips for writing engaging, fair and publishable book reviews”

“The 60th Cork Film Festival” Centre for Media Research Report, December 2015 4 pp.

Chambers, Ciara and Monahan, Barry (2014) A Film Festival of Ideas. Film Ireland, Film Base 6 pp.

Column: Sick of government spin? Well it’s nothing new…. (2012) The Journal 4 pp.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Ireland, Northern Ireland
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Libraries & Archives, Local & Regional, World War I, World War II