In the news: March 14 – 20, 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, March 13, 1916


‘House full’ was the notice that greeted people who intended to spend two hours’ being entertained by the ever-popular Willie Lee, in the lecture room of the Cork Young Men’s Society Hall, on Castle Street… To say that his musical and humorous sketches, his musical monologues and dramatic recitals, his patter and mannerisms, were highly pleasing and delectable would be somewhat flattering.

The following was the programme: Humorous musical sketch — ‘Our Evening Party.’ Songs — ‘Will you dance with me’, ‘Mary’s Letter of Mourne’, ‘Beneath your Window’, ‘Off to the Front’. Musical monologues: ‘The Lesson of the Water Mill,’ ‘A Fallen Star,’ ‘La Pipe’. Humorous sketch: ‘How Mary saw the Bells of New York.’ Dramatic recital (by request): ‘Kissing Cup’s Race.’ Humorous musical sketch: ‘Songs and Singers.’ Humorous sketch:’ ‘Hennessy Takes his Tarrier to the Show.’ Dramatic recital: ‘Karl the Martyr’. Humorous ventriloquial sketch: ‘Hear those Figure Talk; Lee my hair, is down’.


Tuesday, March 14, 1916


The Chairman …suggested that a public demonstration be held in City Hall to deal with the increase in necessaries, the export of food to foreign countries, and the crushing burden of taxation, which would ruin everyone…

Mr John Dorgan, Rural District Council, said that the price of bread was outrageous, and nothing but a mighty demonstration of citizens would bring the bakers to their senses.

He contended that the millers were responsible for the recent increases in the price of bread. They would succeed, before two months, in beating the milk ring at Cork Union, but Cork must give much better support to the Consumers’ League, and fill the City Hall to overcrowding at the public meeting (hear, hear).


Wednesday, March 15, 1916


Constable Roche arrested, at Tipperary, four boys, named Michael McInerney, Patrick McInerney, James Fennelly, and William Kelly, all of The Spittal, on the charge of breaking into the market yard and stealing eight dozen eggs, the property of Mr. John O’Connor, egg and fowl merchant, Bansha.

The boys were taken before Mr. Daniel Kelly, J.P., who remanded Patrick McInerney to Philipstown Reformatory; Michael McInerney to Greenmount, Cork, and admitted Fennelly and Kelly, to bail, in two sureties of £5 each.


Thursday, March 16



The funeral of the Very Rev. Canon Carey, P.P., Carrigaline, took place yesterday to the Crosshaven Church, in the vault of which the remains were interred.

Previous to the funeral, Office and Requiem High Mass for the repose of deceased was sung at the Carrigaline Church …. Considering the inclemency of the weather, the attendance at the obsequies was a remarkable tribute to a clergyman who, for 38 years, ruled over the parish of Carrigaline and Crosshaven.


Saturday, March 18, 1916



From a report of Cork Lord Mayor Thomas Butterfield’s address at the end of the St Patrick’s Day parade.

Looking over the pages of Irish history, was there ever a St Patrick’s Day before when Irishmen, the world over, should be buoyed up with greater hopes for the future? When our tears of sorrow shall be converted into tears of joy, and when Irishmen of all shades should clasp hands and join hearts together, than on this glorious St Patrick’s Day of 1916 (applause)? ….It is high time, therefore, that we should forgive and forget the past.

Too long have we worried ourselves about what might be, and what ought to be. We, today, owe a duty to our God, our country, and ourselves; we should be united (applause); we should be contented. The dark horizon is fast disappearing, and, please God, brighter and happier days are in store for us (applause).


READ MORE: A 1916 Diary In the News: March 6 – 13, 1916.

— Compiled by Niall Murray, Irish Examiner

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