The 1918 Election – an Ignored Centenary?


by Jack Lane

We have just had numerous events to commemorate the Rising and rightly so. But 1916 without the 1918 Election result would be almost a non-event and this election is not listed as one of the events that’s highlighted for commemoration during ‘the decade of Commemorations.’  In fact it is never commemorated. It was the endorsement of 1916 by the electorate in 1918 that made 1916 the event it was. Otherwise it would have been a failure like ’98, 1803, ’48, and ’67. It therefore deserves a fairly prominent commemoration. Up to a few months ago there were 974 books listed in the NLI on 1916 and well over a 1000 by now but not a single one on the 1918 Election! I wonder will there be at least one book published on it before 2018?

It is impossible to understand subsequent events such as the War of the Independence and the so-called Civil War without appreciating the 1918 Election. That was the seminal event of the period.  It endorsed the Rebellion and was the basis for Interdependence.

All the critics of 1916 who go  on about the lack of a mandate should be lauding 1918 but they are strangely muted about it. The results of   any General Election can hardly be ignored but that is exactly what happened in 1918 and the more one thinks about it the more extraordinary it becomes. [read more …] “The 1918 Election – an Ignored Centenary?”

Eily’s update – 26th April




Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde.


The merry month of May is on our doorstep and already the program for Feile na Bealtaine is making it’s appearance.

As usual IRD Duhallow  has something planned for every day of the month. So pick up a copy of their events and get ready to attend as many as you can. On April 29th the SOAI network will open Bealtaine with Mass at 6.30 am at the source of the Blackwate, and the Duhallow Choral Society will attend.

Sunday May 1st there’s a Flower Power Dance in Donoughamore.

Monday May 2nd Aubane Set-Dancing, with TimJoe & Ann.

Tuesday May 3rd Huge Trad Night at the Sandpit House. Ring Dick O Sullivan for details, 029 78171.

Wednesday May 4th May, Fashion Show in Meelin.

Plus a guided tour walk of the source of the Blackwater.

Friday May 6th  is Alzheimers Tea Day at the James O’keeffe  Institute, from 11am.

Plus Pattern Day Mass at Dromtarriffe Holy Well at 8pm.

Sunday May 8th Bealtaine Tea Dance at the Wallis Arms hotel in Millstreet from 2.30 to 5.30,Music by Peter Lane, Refeshments will be served. Admission €5

and a special treat by way of free Hand Massage, provided by the Kanturk Red Cross.

Also on Sunday May 8th Gospel Concert given by the Lorraine O Riordan Gospel Choir  at 7.30 in the Church of the Immaculate Conception Kanturk. Adm.€10.

Please contact IRD Dulallow at 029 60633 for  all details.

May Day  2016  Mass,  at The City, Shrone  Rathmore Sunday May 1st  at the 1,30 Celebrated by Bishop Ray Browne .

All Welcome.

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