Eoin MacNeill reappointed to UCD Professorship
Dublin, 24 April 1918 - Eoin MacNeill has been reappointed to the position of Professor of Early and Medieval Irish History at the University College Dublin. The decision was taken on the unanimous recommendation of the Governing Body of the National University. The resolution was proposed by Dr George Sigerson and seconded by the Rt. Hon. Dr M. Cox.
Prof. MacNeill, originally from Co. Antrim, was appointed to the UCD Chair in 1909 but was removed from the position after being arrested and imprisoned in the aftermath of the 1916 Easter Rising despite the fact that he tried to avert it. Following his release from prison in 1917, he was elected – though not without opposition – to the executive of Sinn Féin at its convention of last October.
MacNeill’s article, ‘The North Began’ helped kickstart the creation of the Irish Volunteers in 1913.
[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]