#OTD in 1918 – The Irish Labour Party declared a one-day strike in protest over the conscription act.

The Conscription Crisis of 1918 stemmed from a move by the British Government to impose conscription (military draft) in Ireland during the First World War. Vigorous opposition was led by the trade unions, nationalist parties and Roman Catholic bishops and priests. A conscription law was passed but was never put in effect; no-one in Ireland […]

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#OTD in 1918 – The Irish Labour Party declared a one-day strike in protest over the conscription act.

The Conscription Crisis of 1918 stemmed from a move by the British Government to impose conscription (military draft) in Ireland during the First World War. Vigorous opposition was led by the trade unions, nationalist parties and Roman Catholic bishops and priests. A conscription law was passed but was never put in effect; no-one in Ireland […]

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1918 – Irish Labour Party declares one-day strike in protest over conscription act.

The Conscription Crisis of 1918 stemmed from a move by the British Government to impose conscription (military draft) in Ireland during the First World War. Vigorous opposition was led by the trade unions, nationalist parties and Roman Catholic bishops and priests. A conscription law was passed but was never put in effect; no-one in Ireland […]

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Today in Irish History – 19 September:

1757 – Having been funded by a bequest from Jonathan Swift, St Patrick’s Hospital for the insane, Dublin, is opened. St Patrick’s University Hospital is a psychiatric facility located in Dublin, near Kilmainham and the Phoenix Park. It was founded in 1747 with money bequeathed by Jonathan Swift following his death in 1745. 1889 – […]

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1871 – Joseph Devlin, Belfast Nationalist, is born.1

Born on Hamill Street, February 1871, at the Falls Road area of Belfast, Joseph Devlin was an exact contemporary of his Unionist opponent James Craig. Devlin received only primary education from the Christian Brothers and worked as a ‘potboy,’ a glass collector and ‘bottle washer’ in a Belfast pub before finding employment as a journalist […]

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Today in Irish History – 13th February:

1689 – William and Mary – daughter of James II – are proclaimed king and queen jointly. 1820 – Leonard McNally, lawyer and English informer, dies. 1850 – Michael Kelly, fourth Roman Catholic archbishop of Sydney is born in Waterford. 1871 – Joseph Devlin, Belfast Nationalist, is born. 1864 – Stephen Lucius Gwynn, writer and […]

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