1916 in Ireland

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Events from the year 1916 in Ireland.


Birth of the Irish Republic by Walter Paget: the General Post Office (Dublin) during the Easter Rising.
  • 17 May – Thomas O'Dwyer, Roman Catholic Bishop of Limerick, refuses a request to discipline two of his curates who expressed republican sympathies. He reminds General Maxwell that he had shown no mercy to those who surrendered.[3]
  • 21 May – daylight saving time begins for the first time throughout the United Kingdom as people put their clocks forward one hour. The purpose is to reduce the number of evening hours to save fuel.
  • 26 June – Roger Casement goes on trial at the Royal Courts of Justice on a charge of treason. He has been stripped of his knighthood.
  • 1 July – the Battle of the Somme begins. The 36th Ulster Division, which contains many Ulster Volunteers, loses 5,500 men in the first two days.[4]
  • 23 July – thousands attend an open-air meeting at the Phoenix Park in Dublin to discuss the British government's Irish partition proposals. It is the first open-air meeting since martial law was proclaimed.
  • 26 July – the date of 3 August is set as the execution date of Roger Casement.
  • 3 August – Roger Casement is hanged at Pentonville Prison for high treason.
  • 19 August – The Irish Times in Dublin issues a 264-page handbook detailing the events of the Easter Rising; a 2nd edition is published by the end of the year.[5]
  • 1 October – time in Ireland: Dublin Mean Time (25 minutes behind Greenwich Mean Time) is made the same as British time from 2:00 am today under terms of the Time (Ireland) Act, 1916.
  • 29 October – John Redmond demands the abolition of martial law, the release of suspected persons, and that Irish prisoners be treated as political prisoners.
  • 5 November – Honan Chapel, Cork, a product of the Irish Arts and Crafts movement, is dedicated.
  • 18 November – Battle of the Somme ends after 141 days; stopped by foul weather and with thousands of Irish casualties.
  • 21 December – in the British House of Commons, it is announced that all Irish prisoners are to be released.
  • 25 December – the last group of Irish prisoners, 460 men from Reading Gaol, arrive in Dublin. Seán T. O'Kelly and Arthur Griffith are among those released.

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  1. ^ Mackay, James (1998). Michael Collins, A Life (1998 Reprint of 1997 ed.). Mainstream Publishing. ISBN 1-85158-949-X. p. 44.
  2. ^ Burke, J. F. "First Shots Fired – Tullamore Volunteers in Prelude to Easter Rising". Irish Identity. Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  3. ^ "Limerick bishop refused to bow to British military orders". Irish Identity. Retrieved 2012-08-24. 
  4. ^ "Parades and Marches – Chronology 2: Historical Dates and Events". Conflict Archive on the Internet (CAIN). Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  5. ^ Sinn Fein Rebellion Handbook, Easter, 1916: a complete and connected narrative of the Rising, with detailed accounts of the fighting at all points in Dublin and in the country.
  6. ^ "Playography Ireland". Dublin: Irish Theatre Institute. Retrieved 2015-04-08.