THE LAST OF THE EBB, MAY 1918

May 25, 2018

THE LAST OF THE EBB, MAY 1918

The last of the ebb, May 1918 James Durney 1918 was probably the most dramatic and decisive year of the war. British military deaths for 1918 were 223,659, only slightly less than 1917 (226,753 deaths) the worst year of the war. About 465,000 German soldiers died in the same period. Ten Kildare men died in the month of May one hundred years ago. The only Kildare civilian casualty of WWI, William Edward Armes, an acting Inspector of Engine Fitters, Royal […]
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THE LAST SUMMER, FRANCE, 1918

May 25, 2018

THE LAST SUMMER, FRANCE, 1918

Summer in France, 1918 James Durney During the summer fighting of 1918 the newly-arrived American soldiers proved they were the equal of any troops in the field. In defence they had shown themselves determined not to yield whatever the cost and in attack they were learning the hard grim lessons the British had learned at Loos and the Somme and the French had learned in the long siege of Verdun. When a Scottish division relieved an American division in one […]
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THE TIDE TURNS, 1918

May 25, 2018

THE TIDE TURNS, 1918

The tide turns James Durney On 29 April the Georgette Offensive ground to a halt. The Germans had lost 240,000 men; British and French losses were 348,000. Still the war went on, but time was running out for the German Army. The arrival of American troops and more and more Allied tanks and aeroplanes for use in co-ordinated attacks was clear to make a difference. The German High Command made one more attempt to force a settlement. On 27 May […]
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VOTES FOR WOMEN – 100th ANNIVERSARY

April 28, 2018

VOTES FOR WOMEN – 100th ANNIVERSARY

Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Votes for Women: a panel discussion which will take place at Maynooth University from 2pm to 4pm on Thursday 3 May. All will be welcome to attend but will need to register via Eventbrite in advance. The format for the event is as follows: Introduction: Professor Marian Lyons, Chair, Maynooth University Decade of Commemorations Committee Welcome: President of Maynooth University, Professor Philip Nolan Opening Address: Senator Alice Mary Higgins (Votáil 100 Committee) Chair: Professor Linda […]
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THE CATHOLIC CHURCH KILLED CONSCRIPTION

April 28, 2018

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH KILLED CONSCRIPTION

‘The Catholic Church killed Conscription’ James Durney The fight against conscription was not confined to the one day strike and petitions and marches took place all over the country. In the spring of 1918 in response to the rumours that Britain was going to introduce conscription in Ireland, a statement was issued on behalf of the Catholic bishops of Ireland. It included the following resolutions: ‘Had the government in any reasonable time given Ireland the benefit of the principles, which […]
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JOHN REDMOND. HIS SCHOOLDAYS

April 28, 2018

JOHN REDMOND. HIS SCHOOLDAYS

John Redmond.His Schooldays Memories by John P. Gannon, of Laragh, Maynooth (O.C. 1870-1876) Munster Express 16 March 1918 John Redmond was in Second Grammar and the Lower line when I went to Clongowes in the Summer Term of 1870. I was in Third Grammar and the Third Line that Term, and I hardly came in contact with him till after the following Christmas, when I went up into his class. He was a handsome boy, with brown curling hair, walked […]
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KILDARE PROTESTS AGAINST CONSCRIPTION 1918

April 28, 2018

KILDARE PROTESTS AGAINST CONSCRIPTION 1918

Nationalist & Leinster Times 27 April 1918 Athy’s Protest against Conscription Than Tuesday’s anti-conscription and labour demonstration in Athy no greater manifestation of the man-power of the town and district was witnessed since Parnell was in the hey-day of his influence. In weighing up the insignificance of Tuesday’s demonstration the fact should be taken into consideration that it was practically spontaneous. There was no time to advertise arrangements and practically no programme had been prepared, those in charge of the event […]
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LEIXLIP 3 MAY 2018 – THE SUFFRAGE CAMPAIGN IN IRELAND – DR. LEEANN LANE

April 21, 2018

LEIXLIP 3 MAY 2018 – THE SUFFRAGE CAMPAIGN IN IRELAND – DR. LEEANN LANE

‘The suffrage campaign in Ireland in the early twentieth century’ Presented by Dr. Leeann Lane. LEIXLIP LIBRARY Thursday 3rd May, 7pm. This talk will focus on the militant suffrage campaign in Ireland from the establishment of the Irish Women’s Franchise League by Hanna Sheehy Skeffington and Margaret Cousins in 1908. It will examine the manner and the type of violence that was carried out across Ireland in pursuit of the vote, the imprisonment of Irish suffragettes, their demands for political […]
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STACKING THE COFFINS – DR. IDA MILNE BOOK LAUNCH

April 21, 2018

STACKING THE COFFINS – DR. IDA MILNE BOOK LAUNCH

Ida Milne will be speaking at the Great Flu Seminar in Naas in the autumn. Launch of Ida Milne’s new book, Stacking the coffins. Wed 6 June 2018 18:00 – 19:30 p.m. Hodges Figgis 56-58 Dawson Street Dublin ‘Long in the making, this is the definitive study of a major but largely neglected disaster that ravaged Ireland a century ago. Milne tells the story with empathy, objectivity, and flair.’ (Cormac Ó Gráda). The 1918-19 influenza pandemic disrupted Irish society and […]
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NO BLOOD TAX. THE IRISH CONSCRIPTION CRISIS

April 19, 2018

NO BLOOD TAX. THE IRISH CONSCRIPTION CRISIS

No Blood Tax. The Irish Conscription Crisis James Durney The spring battles on the Western Front were headlined in the Irish media as ‘Life and death struggle in the West’ while the German Kaiser said ‘We have now entered upon a decisive battle for German peace. It is a single combat between England and Germany to decide our future position.’ The British Army was faced with its most critical moment since 1914. Between 21 March and the end of April […]
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