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  • 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.

    #GAA, #History, #Ireland

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Important Events this Week in History

    Important Events this week in history

    This week has seen its share of important events, some of which have had an impact on the world as we know it.

    From music to movies, to politics and human tragedies, this week is probably marked by an event we all know well, either from newspapers, documentaries, or movies, the sinking of the Titanic. Continue Reading

  • This Week in History

    The last few days of March and the first days of April seem to have really made a mark on history. In recent history, it is clearly the technology field which has seen the biggest impact, with two of the largest innovators being created. This week in history also influenced the world of arts, the Catholic world and has seen the start of a major shift in civil rights.

    30th of March

    Wishing a Very Big Happy 70th Birthday to Eric Clapton!

    On this day 34 years ago, President Reagan was shot in the chest outside a Washington D.C., hotel by  John Hinckley Jr. The Irish Press reported the details: http://archive.irishnewsarchive.com/olive/apa/ina/SharedView.Article.aspx?href=IPR%2F1981%2F03%2F31&id=Ar00103&sk=C5BB681D


    31st of March

    On this day in 1889, Gustave Eiffel opened the Eiffel Tower in a ceremony attended by the French Prime Minister, other dignitaries and 200 construction workers. The Irish Examiner praised the “wonderful piece of engineering”: http://archive.irishnewsarchive.com/olive/apa/ina/SharedView.Article.aspx?href=IEX%2F1889%2F04%2F03&id=Ar00426&sk=0665C398

    Also during this week in history, the mind-blowing science-fiction blockbuster “The Matrix” celebrates 16 years since it was launched. The Matrix earned a staggering $470 million worldwide and won four Academy Awards.

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    1st of April

     April Fool’s Day 1976 is the date Apple Computer was founded by Steve Jobs and Stephen Wozniak  in California.

    Did you know that the Netherlands was the first country to legalise same-sex marriage on this day in 2001? http://archive.irishnewsarchive.com/olive/apa/ina/SharedView.Article.aspx?href=IND%2F2001%2F03%2F31&id=Ar03204&sk=57CCBFF3


    2nd of April

    Happy 38th Birthday to our favourite Kerry man, Michael Fassbender!

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    Today marks 10 years since Pope John Paul II passed away. He was the first non-Italian to hold this position and his funeral is said to have been the biggest in history: http://archive.irishnewsarchive.com/olive/apa/ina/SharedView.Article.aspx?href=IND%2F2005%2F04%2F04&id=Ar01701&sk=3C61AA19


    3rd of April

    This week in history marked a new beginning for telecommunications. On this day in 1973, Motorola makes possible the first handheld mobile phone call. The mobile phone was commercially released ten years later.

    4th of April

     The City of Angels is 165 years old today! Los Angeles was incorporated in 1850.

    On this day in 1975, Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.


    5th of April

     Eamon de Valera becomes president of Dail Eireann on this day in 1919. His “Call to the Nation”: http://archive.irishnewsarchive.com/olive/apa/ina/SharedView.Article.aspx?href=SBC%2F1919%2F04%2F05&id=Ar00506&sk=7AF58021

    21 years ago, Kurt Cobain one of Rock’s Icons tragically ended his life. Nirvana’s music lives on.

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    For more information about the facts presented in This Week in History, check the archive.

  • On this Day in History

    On this Day in History 10th to 15th March

    History does not have preferred days or dates, therefore events that change the world can happen at any given moment. On this day, will be giving you some of the facts which happened between the 9th and the 15th of March, which have shaped the politics and the world.

    9th of March

    The Tokyo bombing, the single most destructive bombing raid in history, commenced on this day in 1945. U.S. warplanes dropped 2,000 tons of incendiary bombs over the course of the next 48 hours. Irish Examiner 1945: http://bit.ly/1MmJYaA Continue Reading

  • Interesting Facts this Week

    Interesting Facts this Week 2nd March to 10th March

    March is an eventful month in history and we made a selection of interesting facts to present you. Our interesting facts this week cover a varied range of subjects, from movies which made history to medicine, football, and even Dublin history. Most of the stories were covered by the Irish Newspapers and more information can be found in the archives.

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  • This Week in History

    This week in history 9th - 15TH February

    This week in history has been a turning point politically, for South Africa, a major stepping ground for sports and the entertainment industry. In recent years, this week has been a week dedicated to Saint Valentine's Day.

    9th of February

    In 1895 W G Morgan invented the game of Volleyball in Massachusetts. He first called it “Mintonette”. Continue Reading

  • On this Day through the Years

    On this day through the years 19th - 24th January

    On this day through the years is meant to help you discover interesting facts about events that have been reported in the Irish press or are just of general interest.

    19th of January

    Today marks the 75th anniversary of the opening of Dublin Airport! Read about the first flight in the Irish Press of 1940! http://archive.irishnewsarchive.com/olive/apa/ina/SharedView.Article.aspx?href=IPR%2F1940%2F01%2F18&id=Ar00330&sk=C34CBD04 Continue Reading

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