Fortnight in review: Pictorial highlights Ed 21

12th February - 25th February

Published: 25 February 1914

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

13th February - Orville Wright dismisses prospect of transatlantic flight

Orville Wright, who, along with his late brother Wilbur, pioneered aviation in America, has said that the men planning to make transatlantic flights were ‘absolutely foolish’.


14th February - Police cleared of use of ‘unnecessary violence’ during Lockout

The report of the Commission of Inquiry into the disturbances that took place in Dublin during August and September last exonerates the police from the use of ‘unnecessary violence’.

Photo: Illustrated London News [London, England], 6 September 1913

CONTEXT: Conor Brady talks about the report of the Disturbances Commission and the impact it had on the police force in Dublin.


14th February - Export of Irish cattle to Britain stopped

The export of Irish cattle to Britain has ceased following the discovery that cattle at Birkenhead port in England were suffering from foot-and-mouth disease.

Photo: National Archives of Ireland, CSO RP 16901

14th February - Ireland lose to England at Twickenham

Despite leading by 7 points after just 9 minutes of play, Ireland lost by 17 points to 12 at Twickenham yesterday in the first rugby international of the year.

(Photo: Illustrated London News [London, England], 21 February 1914)

15th February - Five dead as blizzard batters New York City

One of the worst blizzards in 25 years swept across the city of New York today covering the streets in ten inches of snow. Outside the city districts a reported 18 to 24 inches fell in some places.

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

17th February - Ireland lashed by weekend storms

Torrential rain and gale-force winds wreaked havoc across the west of Ireland this weekend. At its worst, violent thunderstorms and vivid flashes of lightning filled the skies.

(Photo: National Archives of Ireland, CSORP 1914: Box 5474, 1013.)

18th February - Fourteen Dublin Corporation members own tenement houses

The report of the Dublin Housing Inquiry has revealed that 14 sitting members of Dublin Corporation own tenement houses in the city.

(Photo: South Dublin County Libraries)

Context: Dr Jacinta Prunty from NUIM considers the findings of the 1914 Housing report.


20th February - British man executed in Mexico

Mr WH Benton, a British subject, was today executed by firing squad in Mexico. Benton had been accused of making a threat against the life of the revolutionary leader, General Villa.

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

21st February - Fingerprint evidence used against suspected burglars

Two men appeared before the Southern Police Court in Dublin yesterday charged with the theft of 7s 8d in cash and 24s worth of goods from Messrs. Connolly and Co. of Townshend Street.

(Photo: Illustrated London News [London, England], 6 August 1910)

21st February - New School of Acting opens at the Abbey Theatre

Lady Gregory has announced that the Abbey Theatre has established a new School of Acting.

(Photo: National Library of Ireland, EPH E207)

22nd February - Bishops condemn ‘senseless’ war between employers and workers

‘Masters and men have a common interest in industry – and that is the way to maintain it for the common good,’ says a pastoral issued today by the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in Ireland.

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




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