this week in history

  • 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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  • 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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  • Irishmen At The Front Irish Independent 10.February.1916

    IRISH AT THE FRONT Irish Independent 10.February.1916
    Mr Redmond pays our Irish troops on the front line a fine tribute.
    "It is these soldiers of ours, with their astonishing courage and their beautiful faith, with their natural military genius, with their tenderness as wall as strength, carrying their green flags and their Irish war pipes, advancing to the charge their fearless officers at their head, and followed by their beloved chaplains, as great hearted as themselves, bring with them a quality all their own to the sordid modern battlefield, exhibiting the character of the Irishman at its noblest and greatest - it is these soldiers of ours to whose keeping the cause of Ireland has passed today."
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    Royal Irish Rifles Somme INA Royal Irish Rifles Somme INA at the battle of Somme

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  • Combating Zeppelins M Louis Blériot

    Famous French airman Mr  M Louis Blériot believes that he has the solution for combating the destructive German Zeppelins!

    M louis Bleriot French Airman M louis Bleriot Famous Airman

    In this article M Louis Blériot proposes the development of two items to bring the fight to the air and combat the Zeppelins. Item one is the development of  a strong light and item two is a fast one-seater bi-plane. At the time there  was a strong feeling that airplanes could not fly high enough to combat the Zeppelin, a rumour that M Louis Blériot dismisses " it is incorrect to assume that airplanes cannot rise as high as airships. The contrary he says, is the case,  aeroplanes being perfectly navigable at a height 5,000 or 6,000 yards" Continue Reading

  • Cork Examiner 02 February 1916

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  • Irish Independent 01 February 1916 World Headlines

    As reported in today's Irish Independent 01.02.1916 Page

    As reported in today's Irish Independent 01.02.1916 Page 3 -  Three new Irish Divisions have been created bringing the total contribution to Naval and Army service from Ireland 149,869 ( pre & post war ) .  To read more download the full page. Click on the headlines image Continue Reading

  • Countess Markievicz Visted by Police 23rd January 1916

    Countess Markievicz Visted by Police

    On the 23rd January 1916 The G men raided a number of residence suspected of contravention of the provision of the Defence of the Realm Act with the house of Countess Markievicz getting special attention. Countess Markievicz was out at the time Continue Reading

  • Irish Independent World News 19th January 1916

    Irish Independent World News 19th January 1916


    Today's headlines from the  Irish Independent 19th January 1916. Continue Reading

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