Fortnight in review: Pictorial highlights Ed 20

29th January - 11th February


Catch up with the top stories over the past fortnight. Click on images for full stories.

31st January - Massive Home Rule demonstration in Mayo

Special trains from across the west of Ireland brought thousands of people to a monster Home Rule demonstration in Balla, Co. Mayo last Sunday.

(Photo: 'Atlas and Cyclopedia of Ireland' by P.W. Joyce and A.M. Sullivan [1900]. Retrieved from The Internet Archive (

1st February - Dublin trade last Christmas 'broke all records'

Despite the ongoing Dublin Lockout, shops in the city reported that daily sales were four-times higher than usual trade in the weeks before Christmas.


(Photo: 'The Lepracaun: Cartoon Monthly'. Joseph McGarrity Collection. Digital Library@Villanova University. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.)


1st February - Ulster Volunteer drill at Cookstown

More than 1,000 men of the Cookstown battalion of the Tyrone Regiment of the Ulster Volunteer Force engaged in field manoeuvres in the grounds of Killymoon demesne.

(Photo: Illustrated London News [London, England], 27 Sept 1913)

2nd February - Foot-and-Mouth outbreak at Naas

Attempts to contain an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease near Naas in Co. Kildare have failed and further, larger outbreaks of the disease have now been reported in the area.

(Photo: National Archives of Ireland, CSO RP 16901)

2nd February - Lockout ends as more strikers return to work

A ballot of 812 builders’ labourers has resulted in a decision to return to work under the terms offered by the Dublin Building Trades’ Employers’ Association.

(Image: National Library of Ireland, MS 1563)

3rd February - John Redmond calls to Downing Street

John Redmond spent more than an hour yesterday in a meeting with the Prime Minister, Herbert Asquith and the Chief Secretary of Ireland, Augustine Birrell.

Photo: National Library of Ireland, POOLIMP 1610

4th February - Arms expenditure 'may bring catastrophe'

‘Excessive expenditure in armaments must lead to catastrophe that might even sink the ship of European prosperity and civilization,’ said Sir Edward Grey, the British Foreign Secretary, in Manchester last night.

(Photo: Illustrated London News [London, England], 2 Dec 1911)

6th February - Chaotic scenes in Derry over strikes

Disorderly scenes occurred in Derry today in connection with the carters’ strike.

(Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C., USA)

8th February - Joseph Devlin gives impassioned speech on Home Rule in Longford

A large Nationalist demonstration took place in Longford today. Among the speakers was Mr Joseph Devlin, MP.

(Photo: Illustrated London News [London, England], 10 February 1912)

11th February - Chamberlain: 'Exclusion of Ulster only basis for peace'

‘The exclusion of Ulster is the only possible basis of peace,’ Austen Chamberlain told the House of Commons in London yesterday.

(Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA)




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