this week in history

  • Mullingar Three Cars Shot - 03.January.1920

    New Year’s Day 1920 proved to be a sensational evening in Mullingar

    In January 1920 the Irish War of Independence intensified with the IRA carrying out a number of offensives in almost every county. To mark the 100th anniversary of this aspect of the campaign, this month we offer stories about the conflict as reported by the newspapers of the day.

    New Year’s Day 1920 proved to be a sensational evening in Mullingar, County Westmeath when shots were fired at a number of cars as opposition to the introduction of Motor Permits intensified across the country. While nobody was seriously injured in the Mullingar attacks, the cars were badly damaged and it threatened those in the hackney business and private car owners in the county. In November 1919 the British government introduced Motor Permits in Ireland which meant that a vehicle could only be driven with a permit in an effort to curtail the activities of the IRA and in transporting weapons. The permits were hugely resented and motor unions went on strike, where they were joined in protest by other groups and unions. This armed opposition towards the permits was largely orchestrated by local IRA units who would intensify their campaign as 1920 dawned.

    In Mullingar, the New Year’s Day incidents started at Clongowny, about two miles from the town when Capt. Batten, a director of the Mullingar Motor Company, and Capt. Bayley was fired at when they returned from the races. The back of the car was riddled in the attack, with Capt. Bayley suffering slight wounds to his ear. Near the same place a car belonging to Daly Brothers of Mullingar, and driven by a man named Brodar, was fired at as it returned to the town. Brodar was shot in the elbow but was able to continue onwards. Similar attacks took place at Lynn, near Mullingar including an attack on a man called Jack Foran. It was later stated that the attacks had been carried out not on individuals but on the cars and that, Mullingar had been ‘exceptional’ in complying with the new permit order.

    Elsewhere, motor owners suffered a similar fate as opposition to the permits continued. In January 1920 motor cars at the fair of Fermoy in County Cork were damaged after a number of armed men checked whether the owners had permits with them. By the middle of February the Motor Union strike petered out but the permits remained and continued to cause problems for both the IRA and the civilian population throughout the War of Independence.

    Download Source: Irish Independent, 3 January 1920, page 5

    Irish Civil war Irish Independent 03.January.1920

  • Who was St. Patrick ?

    Who was Saint Patrick ? This is a question that could easily be asked with many different answers, most lightly many of the answers would contain; snakes and a drum! However this same question has been asked for centuries and through the archives I find the answer contained in the Cork Examiner 11th March 1893.  You can download the page from The Cork Examiner 11 March 1893 Page 12 below:

    Cork Examiner 11 March 1893 Who was St Patrick

    The journalist who wrote the article has a little bit of fun stopping a local man and questioning his reason for wearing the shamrock on the 17th March and asking "who was St. Patrick ?" Continue Reading

  • Michael Collins Letter Fetches €28,000 at auction 21.02.2003

    On the 21st Of February 2003 a letter signed by Michael Collins, written on his return from London went on auction. Michael Collins letter was estimated to fetch up to €8,000.00 but sold for €26,500.00 to a mystery private collector.

    Download the articles below from the Irish Examiner & The Irish Independent dated the 22.02.2003 reporting on the auction.

    Michael Collins letter fetches 28,000 euro

    Michael Collins Letters was a three-page document sent to prominent Derry republican Louis J Walsh in 1922, telling him about his opposition to the Northern Ireland border. Replying to a letter from Walsh, Collins outlined his position regarding negotiations with Winston Churchill and unionist leader James Craig. Continue Reading

  • British Embassy Burned after Derry's Bloody Sunday killings

    A wave of petrol bombings and burnings hit Dublin last night in reaction to the Derry's Bloody Sunday killing of 13 civilians.

    News Pages from 02 February 1972

    As the Irish Republic tries to come to terms with the death of 13 civilians in Derry's Bloody Sunday angry protests turn to violence.  Read the events from today 45 years ago and download 3 of the Nations Leading daily newspapers to view the reaction from Ireland  and the world to the shooting of 13 civilians. Download pages Below:

    British Embassy on fire in Dublin February 1972

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  • Jay Michael Cashman tie the knot with his film producer Christy Jean Scott 01.02.1999

    31.01.1999 Jay Cashman and Christy Jean Scott tie the knot in extreme style. The picturesque village of Adare, Co. Limerick, provided the ideal setting for a wedding befitting a king or queen at the weekend.

    Irish American business tycoon, Jay Michael Cashman (45) from Boston, splashed out a reported £250,000 to tie the knot with his film producer sweetheart, Christy Jean Scott (25), in a glittering ceremony performed in the 15th century ruined Franciscan Abbey on Saturday. It was also an historic occasion as it was the first wedding in the abbey located on the grounds of Adare Manor Golf Club in 500 years!

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    Jay Michael Cashman splashes out a reported £250,000

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  • Luke Kelly Dies 30 January 1984 The soul of the Dubliners

  • W B Yeats - died January 28 1939 Roquebrune-Cap-Martin Irish News

    W B Yeats - William Butler Yeats, (born June 13, 1865, Sandymount, Dublin, Ireland—died January 28, 1939, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France), Irish poet, dramatist, and prose writer, one of the greatest English-language poets of the 20th century. He received the Noble Prize for Literature in 1923.

    Download the newspapers from January 30th 1939 to read how one of Ireland's most celebrated Nobel prize winners was regarded. FREE download below.

    Y B Yeats Died 28 January 1938 download newspapers

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  • Radio Éireann's television 31 December 1961

    Happy New Year and best of luck to all in 2017.

    Radio Éireann's television

    Many of you reading this post are probably watching TV at the same time or even commuting while reading your Irish Newspaper Archives updates, so just imagine the excitement the country must have felt as on this day 31st December 1961 at 19:00 Radio Éireann's television went out to the Nation with its first broadcast.  With the New Year celebrations ahead the county waited with bated breath for the opening broadcast by President  de Valera. The weather was ice cold with Arctic conditions and freezing frost.

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  • Irish Rebellion 24.May.1798 Martial Law

    Irish Rebellion 24.May.1798
    LIEUT. GEN. LAKE, commanding his Majesty's Forces in this Kingdom, having received from his Excellency the Lord Lieutenant full powers to put down the Rebellion, and to punish Rebels in the most summary manner according to Martial Law. does hereby give notice to all his Majesty's subjects, that he is determined to exert the powers entrusted to him in the most vigorous manner for the immediate suppress on the fame: and that all persons aiding in the present Rebellion, or in the anywise aiding or assisting therein, will be treated by him as Rebels, and punishment accordingly. And Lieut. Gen Lake Hereby requires all the inhabitants of the City of Dublin (the great Officers of State, Members of the House of Parliament, Privy Councillors, Magistrates, and military persons in the form uniform excepted) to remain within their respective dwellings from NINE o'clock at night till FIVE in the morning, under pain of punishment.

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  • Roger Casement Trial 17.May.1916 Irish Independent

    Sir Roger Casement 's Trial Continues

    Download and enjoy news from Sir Roger Casements trial from the leading Irish Newspapers of the day. The Freeman's Journal, The Evening Herald and the Irish Independent.

    Sir Roger Casement Trial 17.05.1916

    Extract The Evening Herald 17.May.1916 Front page.

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