Monthly Archives: March 2016

  • Joseph & Grace Plunkett's Doomed Wedding

    Joseph & Grace Plunkett's Doomed Wedding

     Joseph Plunkett wedding Grace & Joseph Plunkett's wedding

    Grace Gifford became engaged to Joseph Plunkett in 1915 . The wedding was planned for Easter Sunday 1916 - the date of the Rising, which was put down and its leaders sentenced to death. Grace and Joseph Plunkett were married on 3 May in the chapel of Kilmainham Jail, only a few hours before his execution. Continue Reading

  • Easter Rising Cancelled

    Easter Rising Cancelled by Eoin Mac Neill leader of the Irish Volunteer Force Eoin Mac Neill Leader of the Irish Volunteers

    The note below is dated Saturday 22 April 1916 and is signed by Eoin Mac Neill, who was the head of the Irish Volunteers force.  This cancellation of the parades and manoeuvres brought confusion amongst local leaders and disrupted the Easter Rising. Continue Reading

  • Real story of Easter Proclamation

    1916 Easter Proclamation - The Three Printers of the Proclamation

    The real Story of the printing of the Easter Proclamation April 24th, 1916 by Nellie Cifford-Donnelly Irish Press 24.04.1934.  Read below and download the full page!! 1916 Easter proclamation

    Extract from Irish Press 24.04.1934  - The  inside story of the setting up of the Proclamation of Easter Week has, I think, not yet been told in detail; yet it has all the elements of real drama in it. Three Dublin workers, members of the Dublin Typographical Provident Society, were those to whom this most dangerous but effective task was given. The printing press of the Republic was at Liberty Hall. An armed guard had to protect the machine against police raids, and it was in an exciting atmosphere that the three men set up and printed the Proclamation. Their names will always be linked with the Insurrection: they are: Christopher Brady,' printer; Michael Molloy and Liam O'Brien, compositors. Continue Reading

  • Battle of Verdun 200,000 lost

    Battle of Verdun German loses mounting

    The news as it was reported this day a 100 years ago from the Irish Independent 14.03.1916 (download the full page below)

    "Times" War Telegram ( Article extract )
    Paris, Sunday.
    French military opinion is inclined, on the whole, to believe that on their present line the French will be able to beat back the utmost effort of the enemy, and is prepared to admit
    that the fate of Verdun is no longer in doubt. The Germans may yet, if they are willing to pay some 500,000 lives, take Verdun. The blunt fact of the fighting is that since March 2, the enemy has been unable to make any progress, save in his casualty lists, which are now beginning to reach very serious figures. Fruitless German slaughter has again been the chief feature of the weekend upon the battlefield of Verdun. It has long been noticed that every time the French artillery has been unusually successful in  locating  the German batteries or  bombarding German billets  the enemy has sent a deluge of shells into Rheims.
    Verdun, Battle of [Credit: Classic Vision/AGE fotostock]

    Battle of Verdun Brief Facts:

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  • Ireland Triple Crown Winners 1894 Kildare Observer

    Ireland wins Triple Crown for the time 10 March 1894

    As reported in the Kildare Observer 17 March 1894 - Ireland Triple Crown Winners

    Sorry guys and girls but a Triple Crown is not on the cards this weekend when we meet Italy. Lets enjoy our past glories on the field with the below blog and you can download an extract from the Kildare Observer 17.03.1894 at the bottom of the page!!  Come on Ireland!!

    Triple Crown winners Irish Rugby Team 1894 Irish Rugby Team 1894

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  • First Dáil Éireann 21.01.1919

    First Meeting of Dáil Éireann 1919

    In the aftermath of the Easter Rising of 1916 Sinn Féin, the party founded by Arthur Griffith in 1905, was reorganised and grew into a nation-wide movement. Abstention from Westminster and the establishment of a separate and independent Irish parliament had long been part of Sinn Féin's policy. The party contested the 14 December 1918 general election, called following the dissolution of the British Parliament, and swept the country winning 73 of the 105 Irish seats. Acting on the pledge not to sit in the Westminster parliament, but instead to set up an Irish legislative assembly, 28 of the newly-elected Sinn Féin representatives met and constituted themselves as the first Dáil Éireann. The remaining Sinn Féin representatives were either in prison or unable to attend for other reasons.

    First Dail Eireann

    This first meeting of Dáil Éireann on 21st January 1919 was held in the Round Room of the Mansion House. Unlike the normal picture which depicts the first Dáil this photo shows the true first assembly. Éamon de Valera and Arthur Griffith were both in jail on January 21st and Michael Collins, much sought by British Forces together with Harry Boland were busy preparing plans for the successful escape of Éamon de Valera from Lincoln Gaol. Continue Reading

  • Nelsons Pillar Blown Up Irish Independent 09.03.1966

    Nelsons Pillar Blown in half. IRA Bomb - Center of Dublin Rocked!!

    With a  shattering explosion that rocked central Dublin, the controversial Nelson Pillar in O'Connell St. was blasted by explosives shortly before 2 a.m. today. The explosion split the 121 ft. high column half way up and toppled the 13 ft. statue of Nelson which was blown off with the broken column. ( continue reading below )


    Nelsons Pillar

    Gardai and firemen searched furiously through the rubble which blocked O'Connell St. after the explosion, as it was feared that some people had been buried underneath.Every available Garda- and fireman in the city rushed to the scene, which resembled a battlefield. Detective Chief Supt. Bernard McShane was summoned from his home at Griffith Ave. to take charge of the investigations. Special Branch detectives were also called in. Continue Reading

  • Cork Examiner 02.03.1965 Roger Casement Laid to rest

    Cork Examiner 02. March 1965 Sir Roger Casement Laid to rest

    Sir Roger Casement Sir Roger Casement laid to rest

    On the 1st of March 1965: Roger Casement's body was re-interred in Glasnevin Cemetery. The Taoiseach Sean Lemass only announced this surprise move some days previously when he stated in Leinster House that:
    "I am very glad to announce to the Dáil that I have been informed by the British Prime Minister that his Government have recently decided to meet out request for the repatriation of the remains of Roger Casement." "As Deputies are aware, it was Casement's express wish that he should have his final resting place in Ireland, and it has long been the desire of the people of Ireland, shared by successive Irish Governments, that this wish be fulfilled."

    A State funeral was immediately organised. Thus on a cold and sleety day Casement’s remains were brought out to Glasnevin for burial. President Eamon De Valera, against Doctors orders, took the stand to deliver a televised address to the Nation. He said that:

    "It required courage to do what Casement did, and his name would be honoured, not merely here, but by oppressed peoples everywhere, even if he had done nothing for the freedom of our own country."

    While this was something of a coup to get the British to release Casement’s body his dying wish was that he should be laid to rest in his beloved County Antrim and not in Dublin City.

    Read below for an extract from the Cork Examiner 02 March 1965

    Nature itself, it seemed, joined in the final tribute to Sir Roger Casement  yesterday. Snow fell heavily from leaden skies. Suddenly there was a blinding flash of lightning followed by a loud clap of thunder. Ten tall military policemen marched steadily across Glasnevin Cemetery to a rectangle of green beige and laid their  burden down. Solemn prayers were recited. A sharp volley cracked out. Clarion bugles sounded, and in the distance, big guns boomed their tribute. The storm of half a century was over, and the legendary Irish patriot was laid to rest in his native soil.

    Bareheaded, despite the snow and the bitter cold, President de Valera mounted the exposed rostrum, and said that even if there had been no 1916 rising, the man whose bones lay there would deserve to be honoured and revered. "We claim him, and we are glad to have him back among us," said Mr. de Valera, and at his words, the glory of the historic occasion was emblazoned across dreary day, and another chapter in 'Irish history was brought to a fitting climax.

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  • Nation Mourns Roger Casement - Irish Independent 01.03.1965

    Roger Casement Honoured

    Today in History one of Ireland greatest figures Roger CASEMENT  was finally mourned. Read the below extract from the Irish Independent 01.03.1965.

    THOUSANDS  lined the route from Arbour Hill Church to the Pro - Cathedral, Dublin, yesterday, as the remains of Roger Casement , the man who 48 years ago died a lonely death for his love of Ireland, were carried in a solemn procession.

    Today's final ceremonies

    Sir Roger Casement Irish Independent 01 March 1965 Roger Casement Honoured

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