In the news: February 21 – 27, 1916

Each week, we look back at what was “in the news” the same week 100 years ago – as reported in the Cork Examiner in 1916.

By Niall Murray, Irish Examiner 


Monday February 21, 1916




To Readers of the “Examiner.”

It is expected that the Government proposals, which entail heavy curtailment of supplies to newspaper owners and others, will be shortly enforced. This will necessarily lead to a reduction in the size of newspapers, and no waste of any kind on the printed editions can be permitted. Agents and Vendors will, therefore, be good enough to exercise the most rigid economy in ordering present supplies.


Tuesday February 22, 1916



Rev. Donal O’Sullivan, Professor, St. Brendan s Seminary, Killarney, has volunteered as chaplain to the forces.




New York, February 20th: All the morning newspapers indicate their displeasure with big headlines, and many practically accuse Count Bernstorff of having turned the German Embassy into a publicity bureau for the purpose of influencing American sentiment into pro-Teutonic channels, through the systematic giving out of misleading statements.

The “Herald’s” Washington correspondent says—Threats that a certain Ambassador will be sent home if the unfair Press propaganda does not cease are made by an official who is in a position to make such threats good.


The ambassador’s dismissal could have thrown the Rising plans into disarray. Count Johann Heinrich von Bernstorff was the diplomat in New York who was relaying messages to Berlin of the required arrangements to supply guns for the Irish Republican Brotherhood’s planned Rising at Easter.


Wednesday February 24, 1916

Ad for the Curtin Bros, eg Tomás and Seán MacCurtain.

This ad is for one of the family businesses of Tomás MacCurtain, commandant of the Irish Volunteers Cork Brigade. Tomás and his brother Seán took on the flax mill, factory and shop at Thomas Davis Street in Blackpool the year before, in 1915.

InTheNews210216_large.jpgIt was here in Blackpool he would be shot dead by police as Cork’s Lord Mayor in March 1920, in front of his wife Elizabeth.


Friday February 25, 1916


  • THE WOMAN OFFICIAL (From to-day’s “Daily Chronicle”).

Paris, Thursday: Much has been written about the employment of women in private offices and businesses in France, as well as in the capacity of ticket collectors on the Metropolitan railway and in tram cars. The movement has gone much further than this, however. In the Government offices in public and municipal administrations…the employment of women is being more and more generalised. Not merely as heretofore as copyists or shorthand typists, but as recognised officials occupying posts requiring personal initiative and responsibility. In this sense the war has wrought a veritable revolution here.

The opening of such situations to women has, it is said, given excellent results… They have introduced a happy change from the impersonal mechanical conceptions of their work, which their male predecessors too often displayed.


Saturday, February 26, 1916



Tomorrow, as has been announced in our advertising columns, the annual Charity Sermon in aid of St Mary Magdalen’s Asylum, Peacock Lane. will be preached by the Rev. Father Matthew, O.S.F.C. By the help of contributions of the Cork people, and by the work of the inmates, this institution has been able to carry out a most noble and meritorious charity for more than a century.

READ MORE: A 1916 Diary In the News: February 14 – 20, 1916.

— Compiled by Niall Murray, Irish Examiner


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