In the news: February 28 – March 3, 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 28, 1916.




Sir—I read in your issue of Saturday that the Lord Mayor and his Demonstration Committee had made an appeal to the publicans of Cork to close their houses on St. Patrick’s Day. Result: 2 voted for it, 38 voted for partial closing (hours not specified), and 430 voted for not closing! Behold the religion, the nationality. The patriotism of the publicans of Cork. May I respectfully suggest to the Lord Mayor to drop the demonstration altogether. If the public houses are open it will do infinitely more harm than good. It will attract an immense crowd of both city and country folk, and when the empty pageant is over the publicans’ harvest will begin. In fact, with the best intentions possible, the Lord Mayor is simply playing their game. Is there, think you, any hope for Ireland, whether with Home Rule or without it, so long as there are 470 publicans (I dare say there are more) in Cork, for Cork may be taken as a type of our other Irish towns?

Faithfully yours, A PRIEST. (Name enclosed).


Tuesday, February 29, 1916




Thomas Kent was tried before magistrates in Cork for an anti-recruitment speech made at Ballynoe on January 2, 1916, in a case brought under Defence of the Realm Regulations. The magistrates dismissed three charges, including one that he had a revolver and ammunition when arrested at his home. The evidence was put forward by Crown prosecutor Henry Arthur Wynne, who read from Kent’s letter to newspapers on the subject of army subscription:

“I have followed Redmond up to the time he commenced his recruiting campaign, but I am a follower of his no longer. As a Volunteer, I am prepared to defend my country to the last drop of my blood against all comers, but I cannot find anything that would justify me as an Irishman in fighting against people with whom I have no quarrel.”

Thomas Kent was executed at Cork Military Barracks in May 1916, after Head Constable William Rowe was shot dead trying to arrest him and his brothers at their home near Castlelyons following the Rising.


Wednesday, March 1, 1916




Head Constable Cronin summoned Mrs Foley, publican, Bridge Street, for a breach of the Sunday Closing Act on Sunday, Feb 20th. Sergt. Hewitt gave evidence of having seen Thomas Brien, who lives about 100 yards from the public house, leave, by the back door at 11.40am on Sunday, 20th Feb. When witness entered the premises he found a gallon containing beer and some glasses on the counter…The evidence for the defence was that Brien is a teetotaller, and works for Mr Foley, who is a painting contractor. He called on Mr Foley in connection with work that was to be started on the Monday. No drink was supplied. The Bench unanimously dismissed the case, but held that the police acted quite properly in bringing it on.


Friday, March 3, 1916



There are five from one Cork family, serving in important positions in the Services, and there is no doubt but that should the hour of danger arrive to them they will act with credit and honour. They are the sons or Mr. and Mrs. George Bateman, of Anglesea Street, Cork, who in their college days were well known in athletic circles, in the south of Ireland. (1) Nicholas Bateman, BE (Bachelor of Engineering), fought in the South African War, got wounded at the Battle of Mashoma, and got a medal for gallantry, he is serving at present in an Australian Regiment somewhere in France. (2) Dr George Bateman (staff surgeon), with the North Sea squadron; (3) Lieut. Alfred Bateman, RAMC (surgeon), serving somewhere in France. (4) Lieut. Oscar Walter Bateman, RAMC (surgeon), wounded in France, home on leave. (5) Frank Bateman, serving as Government transport officer, shipwrecked near Havre, he is again serving in transport service.


READ MORE: A 1916 Diary In the News: February 21 – 27, 1916.

— Compiled by Niall Murray, Irish Examiner

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