A documentary titled, 'The Marshall Plan at Work in Ireland'. Scenic views of Ireland. Lakes of Killarney. Irish children running in village. Guests at the Glebe Hotel climb aboard a gig pulled by a pony. Tourists mounting horses and riding along path. Blarney Castle, County Cork. Tourists lie down and kiss Blarney Stone. Remains of ancient castle-churches. Sir Walter Raleigh's castle and house. A picturesque river.
Marshall Plan projects in Ireland. A plaque marked with 'Office of public works Brosna Drainage Officer' can be seen. Supervisor directing excavation by crane, to improve river Brosna and increase drainage of bogs. Views of countryside in Ireland. Various views of Irish houses, roads, people at work. Men cutting peat with slanes, and loading it on donkey cart. Smoke from peat fire rising from chimney of a house. Peat moss being bundled for export to the U.S.A.
Mechanized cutting and drying of peat. Peat being loaded in rail cars and transported to power plant for fuel. Rural electrification project. Peat and coal fueled power plants being constructed. A sugar refining plant.
Marshall Plan projects related to agriculture in Ireland. Ancient ruins in countryside. Men quarrying limestone with hand tools. They break it off and it tumbles down the hillside and is loaded into truck by a crane. American trucks with dispersing mechanism for spreading limestone. A truck spreading limestone on a farm field. Farm views: Men working in a grain field and pitching hay into a stack. A young boy on top of the stack packs the hay down. A farm cottage and man with donkey. A person in a tractor. Views of husbandry where ducks, pigs and cows are seen. Scenes of Dublin, with heavy traffic, double-decker buses, cars and bicycles.
A documentary reviews the beginning of the Marshall Plan in response to the post war (World War II) needs of Europeans. It depicts its effect on the lives of people during the first year of its implementation. People on a street. A map of Europe. Animation depicts the production of textile, output of coal, requirement of manufacturing industries, and declined food production. U.S. Secretary of State George Catlett Marshall, Jr., tells the people of Europe that if they work together the U.S. will supply money for food and raw material. People read about Marshall's appeal in the newspapers. Traffic on the streets in Paris, France. Foreign Minsters of Great Britain, France and Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov arrive for a meeting to discuss the Marshall Plan. The delegates and representatives at the meeting. Molotov comes out from the meeting. Animated map depicts 16 European nations which get together to work for economic development. The delegates seated in a hall in Paris. The Organization for Economic Co-operation is formed. Delegates of European nations signing a document. A view of Norway. A book on a table reads 'First Annual Requirements Program Submitted to O.E.E.C.'. The Marshall Aid provided to Italy. The Marshall Plan implemented in Ireland. Traffic and people on a road. The U.S. Capitol in Washington DC. A meeting of the Congress for the Marshall Plan. Paul G. Hoffman is appointed the administrator of the Marshall Plan. People listen to news about the European Recover Program (ERP) on radios. Men unload food supplies sent by the U.S. from ships at a dock. People listen to a dignitary. Men unload machines from the ship. Workers in Holland ride bicycles. A man unloads cotton from a freight car. A sign for ERP on the freight car. Men at work in a mill. A coal hoist is delivered in Britain. The miners dig out coal and use the hoist. The coal is loaded aboard a ship for trade. Building of automobiles at a plant in Italy.
Transworld Airways Lockheed Constellation airliner arriving from New York City and Shannon,Ireland. It taxis to parking ramp at Orly Airport, Paris, France. Closeup of another airliner shutting down on the ramp. Passengers walk across the ramp and under the tail of an Air France plane, on their way to the terminal building. They are greeted by a band of men in red huntsmen uniforms playing hunting horns. A railroad train in a picturesque setting. Patrons relaxing on a cafe terrace, at an Italian train station, as an electrified train pulls in. An excursion boat draws near to Chillon Castle On Lake Geneva Switzerland. More views of the castle, from its footpath. Ancient Greek ruins near the Mediterranean Sea. Saint Mark’s Basilica on St. Mark’s Square in the city of Venice, Italy. Many visitors walking in the square, and a flock of pigeons taking flight. The Palace of Versailles, viewed from behind statues in the garden. Chartes Cathedral, Chartres, France. St Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy. Views of Copenhagen, Denmark, including the Little Mermaid statue. A man rowing a boat on a lake in the Alps Mountains. Snow-covered mountains. Trains running in the mountains. Border guards of Italy and Switzerland on their respective sides of their mutual border at a train station. A train transiting the border. A volkswagen car and other vehicles being processed at a German border crossing.
A panorama of the Irish countryside, sheep grazing. A map of Ireland is seen. Crowds, double decker buses, and vehicles on city streets of Belfast Northern Ireland. Statue of Lord Carson at Parliament. Activities in linen industry. Riveters and welders at work in a shipyard. Protestant Orangemen seen. A painting revering the King and Queen of England. Orangemen in dress costume in a July 12 annual parade celebrating victory at Battle of the Boyne. Custom officials on the Eire-North Ireland border. Narrator talks about the recently independent Eireann and its people who are independent in thought and speech. Irish farmers with horse carts loaded head down a road. Farmers and business men talk in streets of Ireland and strike deals. Horses and carts among the men. An Irish boy standing with a group of sheep. Pastures and bucolic and scenic views of farms and villages in rural Ireland. Men and women spinning wool and weaving.