Edition 101 of Century Ireland is out on 24 May with all the news from 100 years ago.
The main stories include:
Jewish people looks towards new Palestine home
25 May 1917
It is widely acknowledged that the current war has thrown up the likelihood of a redrawing of the international map. In the process, it has brought to the fore a debate around the future of the Jewish people. Zionist plans plan to establish in Palestine a permanent home for the Jewish race has divided opinion.
Monarchy key to future of British Empire
25 May 1917
An Imperial War Conference has sought to consider what shape the post-war world might take and, in particular, how the British Empire might sit within that world. A blue book was issued last night containing extracts from minutes of the proceedings laid before the Conference. All speakers emphasised the importance of the British monarchy in fostering and maintaining the loyalty of the Dominions to the Empire.
George Russell (AE) considers ‘the state of Ireland’
26 May 1917
‘There are moments in history when by the urgency of circumstance everyone in a country is drawn from normal pursuits to consider the affairs of the nation,’ so begins George Russell (AE) as he published his analysis of the state of Ireland and the prospects for the National Convention.
‘Irishmen can no longer afford to remain aloof from each other, or to address each other distantly or defiantly from press or platform., but must strive to understand each other truly, and give due weight to each other’s opinions, and if possible arrive at a compromise.’
Air strikes kill 76 along England’s coast
28 May 1917
In the first large-scale air raid using seaplanes rather than Zeppelins, Germany has killed at least 76 people and injured more than 250 others in daylight operations. Almost half of the casualties were women and children when a large squadron of aircraft attacked the south-east coast of England.
Wages of Irish female munitions workers on the rise
28 May 1917
Irish female munitions workers in Dublin will finally receive the same pay as their counterparts in Britain. Three hundred female munitions workers met in the Mansion House last night to hear a statement from Elizabeth Sloan, Assistant Secretary of the National Federation of Women Workers, on the question of wages. Sloan announced that the wages of girls in Cork, Dublin, Waterford and Galway has now been increased from 18s to 24s, and from 23s to 30s, per week. A letter from the Ministry of Munitions was read to the meeting and it confirmed official sanction of the increases.
Cruelty complaint after swinging dogs perform at Theatre Royal
1 June 1917
A Dublin man has been charged with cruelty to dogs following a complaint made by a woman attending a performance in Theatre Royal in the city. Mrs Shewell of 26 Upper Pembroke Street made the complaint following a performance on 12th May, called ‘Gardner’s Maniacs’.
Lord Mayor of Dublin leads protest at liquor restrictions
6 June 1917
A huge crowd gathered in the Round Room in the Mansion House in Dublin last night to protest against the liquor restrictions introduced by the government. These restrictions place controls on the output of brewing and distilling industries, and threaten eventual absolute government control. The Lord Mayor of Dublin, James Gallagher, told the meeting that his main concern was for the thousands of workers whose jobs would be lost owing to the restrictions.
Arthur Griffith’s Sinn Féin to boycott Irish Convention
24 June 1917
Sinn Féin will boycott any Convention called by the British government for Ireland.
The proposal for a Convention to consider the future of Ireland was announced by the British Prime Minister David Lloyd George in the House of Commons recently.
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