this week in history

  • Major John McBride Executed 05.May.1916 Evening Herald

    Major John McBride Executed 100 years ago

    Evening Herald 05 May 1916 - Front Page News

    Major John McBride Executed 05.May.1916 Evening Heraldn

    Trials by courts martial of rebels proceeded yesterday, and thirty-six men were tried. Confirmation had only taken place In three cases, namely—those of

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  • The Rising At Enniscorthy - Belfast Newsletter 05.05.1916

    The Enniscorthy Easter Rising 05.May.1916

    Extract - Belfast Newsletter 05.May.1916 BY PRIVATE WIRE

    A correspondent supplies the Press Association with the following account of the events at Enniscorthy: — Belfast Newsletter Enniscorthy 1916
    Photo Front: Seamus Rafter, Robrert Brennan, Seamus Doyle, Sean Etchingham,
    Back: Una Brennan, Michael de Lacy, Eileen Hegarty

    Enniscorthy Rising 1916

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  • Anglo-Celt 29.April.1916 Dublin Cut off. Casement arrested

    The Anglo-Celt 29.April.1916 Dublin Cut Off

    While the rebellion was taking place in Dublin news of the events were only trickling through to other parts of the country. While I was reviewing the archives for this week I selected The Anlgo-Celt 29.April.1916 front page to share with you.  Read below for an extract from the paper and download the entire article to keep!!

    Dublin Cut off 29.April.1916

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  • Titanic 's last moments 27.April.1912

     How the Titanic went down!

    Read the full story of the Titanic 's  last moments true the eyes of the survivors. The below extract is from the Derry People 27.April.1912. You can download the full page and much more below!

    Titanic last moments

    The True Story of the Titanic's Last Moments ( Derry People 27.April.1912)

    The true story of the awful catastrophe of the Titanic's sinking is now told by various survivors, and goes to show that the circumstances were, perhaps, the most harrowing in the world's history. Captain Smith remained at his post heroically till the last, and did not, as erroneously reported at first, commit suicide. Continue Reading

  • Austrians & Sinn Feiners 1916

    No Doubt that the Sinn Feiners received support from  Germany & Austria

    While I was reviewing the 1916 papers I found an article relating to the surrender of 1 Austrian soldier in his officers uniform and the subsequent arrest of a further 2 Austrian in Ballsbridge.  "The Daily Chronicle" reports that there is no doubt that support was given to the rebellion by both Germany and Austria.  Download the full page below:

    'Dublin is conquered!' Cartoon from Austrian newspaper Die Muskete. (ANNO via the Internet Archive)

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  • 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

  • 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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  • 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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