"The country was jubilant...highly jubilant"


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Joseph O'Doherty, who had been elected for Donegal North, recalls the programme of events for the meeting of the first Dáil and the reaction of the press and the public to the occasion.

  • Title
    The First Dáil
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    "The country was jubilant...highly jubilant"
  • Extended description

    Joseph O'Doherty, who had been elected for Donegal North, remembers the meeting of the first Dáil. The huge crowds outside the Mansion House made getting inside. The programme of events for the meeting was aimed at getting international publicity for what was happening. 

    O'Doherty says there was no interference from the British authorities. He also remembers his own lack of faith in the League of Nations at the time on the grounds that it was consituted by those who had fought the First World War. The business of the day was very formal with the names of all of those who had been elected, called. 

    The atmosphere in the country was highly jubilant.

  • Information

    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 first meeting of Dáil Éireann took place in the Round Room of the Mansion House on 21 January 1919. To honour the 50th anniversary of the this event the first sitting of the Dáíl for 1969 took place in the Round Room of the Mansion House.

    RTÉ marked the occasion with programmes on radio and television. Part of this output was 'The First Dáil' a bilingual documentary for schools.

    The RTÉ Guide listing for the programme was,

    "A bilingual documentary for schools presented by Donncha Ó Dulaing. Among those taking part are the pupils of Saleen National School, Cloyne, Co. Cork; Díarmuid O Mionacháin, N.T. ; Seosamh O Dochartaigh, member of the the First Dáil, Dan Breen and a Shoillse Eamona de Valera, Uachtaran na hEireann."

    (RTÉ Guide January 17, 1969 vol. 6 No 4. p14)

  • Local keywords
    Dáil Éireann, Politics, Elections, 1919, 1969, Joseph O'Doherty,
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  • Topic
    Politics and Economics
  • First broadcast channel
    Radio Éireann
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    L29/69 (LA000223)
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    English (eng)