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appeal film for the 1919 Republican Loan
for the new self-declared Irish Republic.
Jim Sullivan's brother-in-law,
was one of the three trustees of the funds of
the underground Irish government,
and one of its main fund-raisers.
Sullivan and MacDonagh made this short film
"Willy Reilly and his Colleen Bawn".
This film was
directed by John MacDonagh.
"In those dangerous and exciting times, no cinema owner would dare risk exhibiting the Republican Loans film
so it was planned for a few volunteers in fast cars to visit certain cinemas, rush the operator's box,
and, at gun-point, force the operator to take off the film he was showing, and put on the Loan film."
The Republican Loan film was
the Dail's Minister for Finance,
sits at a desk at St. Enda's.
His desk is
the block on which
was executed in 1803.
(This block is now in
Kilmainham Gaol Museum.)
He reads a letter from
Bishop of Killaloe, providing a loan to the Republic.
Appearing in the film to loan money to the Republic are, in order: