Major sports events of the year 1958. Participants at an all star mile race in Dublin, Ireland. Australian athlete Herb Elliot sets a new mile record of 3 minutes, 54 and 1/2 seconds, as he crosses the finish line.
Exterior of an Irish Government Building in Dublin. Prime MInister Eamon de Valera addresses officials. Views of country side in Ireland. Irish ham and bacon and care and raising of pigs and cows on farms. Farmers plowing in fields, and peat is mined with large harvesting machines and cut into briquettes. Activities in beer brewing (Guiness wooden barrels seen lined up at a brewery) and auto industry with a Ford assembly line in Cork Ireland. New cars on the assembly line being assembled by Irish workers. A Dunlop rubber processing plant in Cork Ireland. Rubber boots being manufactured at the Dunlop plant. The Shannon hydroelectic scheme power project in Limerick region of Ireland; views of the power plant and the river Shannon from which it draws power. View of the hydroelectric dam. Men working atop a large electric transmission tower. Women examine an electric table top mixer for the kitchen. A woman using an electric iron on clothes, and a view of an electric waffle maker and toaster. Streets of Dublin busy with activity. Clocks, shirts, ties, and cutlery in shop windows of Dublin, along with blankets and other goods all made in Ireland. Physicians and nurses gather in a surgical theater of a hospital. Newborn baby being washed in a maternity ward. Public housing construction efforts shown transforming older thatched cottages into modern homes. Signs in ancient Gaelic are shown, recently restored as the national language of the independent Eire. Irish schoolboys enter a school building. Many have no shoes. A teacher instructs the school boys in the classroom.
Field and track events in Dublin, Ireland. A mile race gets underway as a gun is fired. Athletes run on the track as spectators cheer. Merv Lincoln leads after half a mile. Australia's Herb Elliot talks to a reporter after winning the race in a record time of 3 minutes 54 and a half seconds.
President John Kennedy touring the streets of West Germany. Cameramen and policemen surround President Kennedy and other dignitaries. President Kennedy and other dignitaries reach Berlin Wall in cars. President Kennedy walks up to the viewing stand erected in front of the Berlin Wall. Red banners on Brandenburg Gate are in place, placed there by East Germany to block President's view of East Germans on the other side of the Berlin Wall.
View of huge crowd of 150,000 people gathered in the square while President Kennedy passes in car. President Kennedy at a podium to make a speech. Crowd of many thousands cheering in front of City Hall. President Kennedy at Dublin Airport and honor guard welcomes him on tarmac. Air Force One aircraft parked on runway behind. During the President's drive from airport, millions cheer for him as his motorcade winds through the city streets of Dublin. View of cheering Irish people gathered on streets of Dublin in front of shops and offices.
U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Ireland William Howard Taft III arrives in Dublin, Ireland. William Howard Taft III being greeted by officials. President of Ireland Sean Thomas O'Kelly welcomes William Howard Taft III. Officials stand. Irish Minister for External Affairs Frank Aiken greets William Howard Taft III. Dignitaries talk at the gathering.
American aviator, Douglas "wrong way" Corrigan speaking on July 18, 1938 (after landing in Ireland) about his alleged mistake in heading across the Atlantic instead of towards California, in a flight from New York City. Scene shifts to Corrigan taxiing in his airplane.View of Corrigan in his airplane and exiting therefrom as engine shuts down and prop stops. People gather by his airplane. He is seen opening congratulatory communications at the "chief Secretaries Lodge" in Dublin, residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland. Corrigan is seen standing outside the residence with John Clarence Cudahy, the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland. Corrigan again seen talking with interviewers. Sightseeing boats carrying fans and signs welcome Corrigan upon his arrival back in New York. Signs read: "Brooklyn is waiting for Corrigan" and " Celtic Circle welcomes Corrigan."He is feted by a ticker tape parade along Broadway.