Fact of the week

  • Formation of the GAA - 01st.November.1884

    Michael Cusack Formation of GAA 01.November.1884
    On 1 November 1884, a small and somewhat innocuous meeting took place in Thurles, County Tipperary attended only by a handful of men. However, from these humble beginnings would result the largest sporting organisation in Ireland today. Played in every village and town in the country, the formation of the Gaelic Athletic Association can be traced to this ‘meeting of athletes and friends of athletes’ at Miss Hayes’ Commercial Hotel, Thurles. Gathered there this small group of men, led by Maurice Davin and Michael Cusack, were determined to provide ‘amusements’ for ‘Irish people during their leisure hours’ and form an organisation for the cultivation of our national pastimes which by this time were said to have been ‘dead and buried’ and ‘in several localities to be entirely forgotten’.
    This initial meeting was poorly attended when several of the important athletic clubs in the south of Ireland did not send representatives. Much of the early worries were about how they would finance the movement but these considerations were soon side-lined when the delegates present spoke of their enthusiasm for such an organisation. One delegate queried ‘why should we not have athletic festivals like other people- I mean on a national scale’, while another complained that Irish affairs were constantly dictated to by Englishmen. For the record Other founding members present were John Wyse-Power, John McKay, J.K. Bracken, Joseph O’Ryan and Thomas St George McCarthy. By the end of the decade, the GAA had sprung to life and would lead the great cultural reawakening, which would define the next fifty years of Irish society.
    Today, the GAA has over 2,200 clubs in all thirty-two counties of Ireland and has close to 500,000 members worldwide. It is part of the Irish consciousness and plays an influential role in Irish society that extends far beyond the basic aim of promoting the playing of Gaelic games.

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    Source Newspaper: www.irishnewsarchive.com - Irish Examiner, 3 November 1884
    Photo By Unknown - NUI Galway Digital Collections, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=69710947

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  • All - Ireland Final Mayo V Dublin

    All - Ireland Final 2016

    Dublin V Mayo All Ireland Final 1923, 2013 and 2016

    After last weeks draw between Mayo and Dublin in the All Ireland final we will have to wait to see who owns the Sam Maguire Cup 2016! The match is due to be replaid on the 01.October.2016.

    This is the third time Mayo and Dublin have met in the All - Ireland final.

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  • Roger Casement Execution

    Casement Execution 03.August.1916

    Today we remember one of Ireland's great heros. On the 03 August 1916; Roger Casement was executed for his role in the 1916 Easter Rising. The last Rebel leader to be executed for the 1916 rebellion. From our archives I have selected the Evening Herald's front page.  Read below for an extract from the Evening Herald 03 August 1916 and download the full page below:
    Roger Casement Execution 03 August 1916

    Evening Herald 03.August.1916 Extract:

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  • Independence Day Fourth of July

    Independence Day Fourth of July

    The 4th of July is America's Independence day and on this day in 1776 the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence which declared that the thirteen American colonies regard themselves as a new nation, the United States of America and that they were no longer ruled by the British Empire. 

    To mark this great day history we offering 50% OFF monthly and annual membership use Coupon Code : 1916FB   See below for FREE Front pages downloads for JFK / NIXON / REAGAN AND BARACK OBAMA'S Irish tours. 

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  • Roger Casement committed to trial 18 May 1916

    Sir Roger Casement was committed to trial to face Treason

    Casement and Bailey High Treason trial 18.05.1916

    Extract Cork Examiner 18 May 1916 Roger Casement Committed

    After an investigation of only three days the charge of high treason against Sir Roger Casement and the Irish ex-soldier, Daniel Julian Bailey, concluded as far as the Police Court stage is concerned this afternoon with their committal for trial before the Lord Chief Justice. The proceedings ended quite uneventfully, and naturally after Sir John Dickinson had spent the day hearing the statements of a number of witnesses whose evidence was necessary to complete the case for the Crown Continue Reading

  • Belfast Blitz April - Irish Independent 17.April.1941

    Belfast Blitz April - A report from the Irish Independent 17.April.1941

    The Belfast Blitz was four attacks of high-casualty German air raids on strategic targets in the city of Belfast in Northern Ireland. In April and May 1941 during World War II. The extract taken from the Irish Independent 17.April.1941 depicts the aftermath of a German bombing raid. The harrowing newspaper report on the Belfast Blitz and describes the distressing scenes in Belfast. The newspaper also issues the German report of the bombing raid.

    Download the Irish Independent 17.April.1941 to read the full story. Get the Official and the German account of the bombing raid: HERE

    Belfast Blitz

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  • Evening Herald Under Fire 26.April.1916

    Evening Herald Staff Caught Up In The Rising

    Read the below for an incredible story from the 1916 Easter Rising campaign. As the fight spread along the houses and buildings on Abbey Street four staff members from the Evening Herald are caught in the middle...

    Thrilling experience of "Herald" hands. Extract - Evening Herald April 26,27,28,29 May 1,2 & 3Evening Herald Middle Abbey Street 1913

    UNDER FIRE / SCENES IN ABBEY STREET / Terrible Effects of Shelling by Big Guns

    On Thursday , April 26, I and three members of the “Evening Herald” staff were on the premises at 111 Middle Abbey Street, as we had been since the outbreak of the hostilities on Monday. About noon the bombardment of the corners of Abbey street and O’Connell street began. The insurgents at once began to retreat towards Capel Street and Mary Street, investing all the building at the back of the Post Office as far as Liffey street. Continue Reading

  • Prince 1958 - 2016 Rest in Peace

    Rest In Peace - Prince

    As the world wakes today with the sad news of the passing of Prince, Irish Newspaper Archives would like to pay tribute to one of the world's greatest performers. We have selected some pages from our archives from his  Páirc Uí Chaoimh, July 7th, 1990 concert, The Point Theatre October 12th, 2002 ( secret gig ) and Malahide Castle, Dublin, Aug 1, 2011.

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    Prince arrives in Cork

    "There are two schools of thought on Prince: One says when God was handing out talent , Prince was dealt a Royal Flush while the other the deck he was dealt from was far from full." Extract Irish Press Saturday 07 July 1990 Continue Reading

  • John FRENCH Field-Marshal Commanding-in-Chief 1916

    Cork Examiner Saturday Morning 22.07.1916 - Dispatches of Rebellion

    Have you ever wondered what exactly happened during the Easter Rising?? If so read the below extract from the Cork Examiner 22.07.1916 for an hour by hour, day by day report from the commanding officers of the Home Forces. Download the entire page below:

    Dublin Castle 1916

    Rebellion Despatches (Press Association Telegram) War Office 21 July 1916

    The following despatches have been received by the Secretary of State for War From the Field Marshal Commanding-in-Chief, Home Forces: - General Headquarters, London, S.W., 29.May.1916 Continue Reading

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