The first meeting of Dáil Éireann took place in the Round Room of the Mansion House on 21 January 1919.

On its 50th anniversary, a lecture by Professor Kevin B. Nowlan reflecting on the first Dáil was broadcast on radio prior to live coverage of the official commemoration.

A continuity announcer introduces a lecture by Kevin B Nowlan, 'Dáil Éireann 1919' as part of the 50th anniversary of the first meeting of the Dáil.

The first meeting of Dáil Éireann occurred on 21 January 1919 in the Round Room of the Mansion House: the residence of the Lord Mayor in Dublin. Being the first and highly symbolic meeting, the proceedings of the Dáil were conducted for the only time entirely in the Irish language, except for previously drafted declarations that were repeated in other languages as well.

The Dáil elected Cathal Brugha as its Ceann Comhairle (chairman or speaker). The first, temporary president was Cathal Brugha. He was succeeded, in April, by Éamon de Valera.