#OTD in 2013 – Sinn Féin proposed legislation that would make the Easter Rising anniversary a new national bank holiday.

Sinn Féin social protection spokesman Aengus Ó Snodaigh introduced legislation for the creation of a national holiday to be called Lá na Poblachta, which would fall annually on 24th April – the day on which the Irish Republic was declared’ – noting that Ireland has nine public holidays, fewer than the EU average of eleven. […]

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1916 – In a manifesto, written on this date, Pádraig Pearse, wrote:

‘I desire now, lest I may not have an opportunity later, to pay homage to the gallantry of the soldiers of Irish Freedom who have during the past four days been writing with fire and steel the most glorious chapter in the later history of Ireland. Justice can never be done to their heroism, to […]

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1941 – A Luftwaffe bomb kills 13 people in Belfast. When it was over, the city is devastated by air raids; Over 1,000 lives are lost and 400 seriously injured in what becomes known as The Belfast Blitz.

The British government appeals to Éamon de Valera for help and he authorises fire brigades from Dublin, Dundalk, Drogheda and Dún Laoghaire to give assistance. On the evening of the Monday 7 April 1941, Fifteen German bombers believed to have been from the Kampfgruppe 26 path finder’s left their airfield in Northern Holland near the […]

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1922 – An IRA Anti-treaty army convention announces it will no longer accept the authority of Free State Minister for Defense Richard Mulcahy.

Further movement to Civil War. An IRA convention is held in the Mansion House in defiance of a 15th March Dáil Éireann decree, despite the Dáil prohibiting it. Richard Mulcahy, the new Minister of Defence having succeeded the anti-Treaty Cathal Brugha, promised that the IRA would remain loyal to the government. However, the army had […]

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1922 – The anti-Treaty IRA members reconvene to put into effect their motion from 26 March when it stated the IRA would be the legitimate army of the Irish Republic, which was in defiance of the Dáil Éireann vote.

Civil war was now a virtual certainty as the delegates adopted a new constitution and elected a new 16-member Executive including Joe McKelvey, Liam Mellows, Rory O’Connor who would die in the upcoming conflict. A seven man IRA army council under chief of staff Ernie O’Malley was established. For the next 90 years, the IRA […]

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1919 – Éamon de Valera begins his tour of the USA to raise money and support for the IRA’s war against England.

In June 1919 Éamon de Valera, the American-born president of Ireland’s revolutionary government, was smuggled out of a war-torn country on an ocean liner and into the United States of America where he launched on a whirlwind, coast-to-coast tour that brought crowds numbering in the hundreds of thousands onto the streets of several major American […]

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1872 – Mary MacSwiney (Máire Nic Suibhne) Irish patriot, is born.

Mary MacSwiney came to prominence in the Republican Movement when she was elected the TD for the Cork Borough following the death of her younger brother and Sinn Féin Lord Mayor of Cork City, Terence MacSwiney. Terence had died in Brixton Prison after a 74 day hunger strike protesting his arrest and internment. However, her […]

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1922 – An IRA anti-treaty army convention announces it will no longer accept the authority of Free State Minister for Defense Richard Mulcahy.

Further movement to Civil War. An IRA convention is held in the Mansion House in defiance of a March 15 Dail Eireann decree. Rory O’Connor days earlier had indicated open defiance against President Arthur Griffith. At this convention the convention passed a resolution saying that the IRA “shall be maintained as the Army of the […]

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