Centenaries in 2014 (full programme podcast)
This week, we discussed centenaries that will be taking place in 1914 with guests Katherine McSharry from the National Library of Ireland; Historian, Niamh Puirseil; Shane MacThomais historian with Glasnevin Museum and Tommy Graham, editor of History Ireland.
The year 1914 would see a very changed landscape for Ireland and its citizens – and indeed, the world. As the year started, a young woman called Alicia Brady died of tetanus and the Lockout was entering its fifth month. The strike ended in January 1914 but in the aftermath, many people who had been on strike did not get their jobs back.
Other centenaries discussed by our panel were:
20 March: Curragh mutiny
2 April: Cumann na mBan founded
24/25 April: Larne gun running 35,000 rifles for the UVF
25 May: 3rd reading of the Government of Ireland [Home Rule] Bill
28 June: Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand
26 July: Howth gun running
4 Aug: Britain declares war on Germany
18 Sept: Government of Ireland Act [Home Rule] enacted but also the Suspensory Act, which suspended it for the duration of WWI.
20 September: Wooden bridge speech by John Redmond divides Irish Volunteers