"I was wedged underneath one of the big white statues..."


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Máire Comerford came up from Wexford to witness the first meeting of the Dáil. She recalls what little it was possible to see and hear of the events. She also attended a social gathering afterwards.

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    Máire Comerford
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    "I was wedged underneath one of the big white statues..."
  • Extended description

    An extract from a programme in the series 'Yesterdays'. Máire Comerford was at the first meeting of the Dáíl. She and friends had travelled up from Wexford and had tickets to attend the proceedings.  Her memory of the event is that it was not possible to see or hear very much. After the meeting of the Dáil Máire and a freind attended a function hosted by Count and Countess Plunkett in the Mansion House. 

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    The First Dáil (An Chéad Dáil) was Dáil Éireann as it convened from 1919–1921. In 1919 candidates who had been elected in the Westminster elections of 1918 refused to recognise the Parliament of the United Kingdom and instead assembled as a unicameral, revolutionary parliament called "Dáil Éireann".

    The establishment of the First Dáil occurred on the same day as the outbreak of the Irish War of Independence. After elections in 1921 the First Dáil was succeeded by the Second Dáil of 1921–1922.

    The RTÉ Guide listing for the series 'Yesterdays' was,

    "People, issues and events of other days recalled by contemporaries, historians and voices from the archives. Edited and introduced by John Bowman. Producer Diarmuid Peavoy."

    ,(RTÉ Guide January 17, 1969 vol. 6 No 4. p17)

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    Dáil Éireann, Politics, Elections, 1919, 1969, Máire Comerford
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    Politics and Economics
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    RTÉ One
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    English (eng)