In the news: March 28 – April 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 March 27, 1916



The ninth of the Economic Conferences organised by Professor Smiddy and Mr Alfred Rahilly, MA, was held in the Examination Hall of University College, Cork. Mr Rahilly called on Professor Smiddy to deliver his lecture on a “Minimum Wage.”

Professor Smiddy prefaced his remarks by explaining the ambiguities of the expression, minimum wage. It usually means in popular discussion a living wage, a wage that would enable a worker of average industry and prudence to support a normal family in “decent and frugal comfort.” It also means a wage based on what the trade would bear — not necessarily a living wage… All Christian writers are agreed that the worker should get a living wage. …But whether it can be achieved suddenly, without bringing evils in its train greater than those it set out to cure is the problem that we must examine.


Tuesday March 28, 1916



(From our Correspondent) Dublin, Monday.

Mr Lorcan Sherlock, LLD, Acting High Sheriff, and a city jury, heard an action brought by John McGrath, farmer, of Ardfert, Co. Kerry, a member of the Tralee District Council, against Henry Horan, the son of a neighbouring farmer, for the seduction of plaintiff’s daughter, Ellen McGrath, by the defendant. The plaintiff claimed £1,000 damages. There was no defence to the action and the case came before the Sheriff for the assessment of damages. Mr A. E. Clery… for the plaintiff…stated that the seduction took place in 1913, when plaintiff’s daughter was just over 16, and defendant was aged 24 1/2 years. Defendant married another girl early this year, and she brought him a substantial dowry, stated to be about £500. The writ was served on the day after the marriage. The jury assessed damages for £200.


Wednesday, March 29, 1916



Sir, Now that licence time for dogs has come round again, it means terrible cruelty for these poor animals whose owners are in some cases unable to pay for them, but in a far greater number, those who get tired of them and turn them out in the streets to starve. Our Dumb Friends’ League has a Dogs’ Home in the city, where dogs can be kept for a small amount, and unwanted dogs destroyed in Lethal Chamber at a very small cost. I appeal to all who have unwanted dogs not to turn them out to starve, but to have them destroyed in a perfectly painless manner. All particulars and enquiries at 14, George’s Quay.

E. A. H. WEBB, Hon. Sec., Our Dumb Friends League, Cork Branch.




Thursday March 30, 1916



(Photo by W.B. O’Donovan, Bruff) – Gwyneth, Hannah, and Joyce O’Leary, aged 11, 12 and 14 years, daughters of Mr D.J. O’Leary, Manager, Munster and Leinster Bank, Bruff. In the Local, Practical Examinations in Ireland under the Incorporated Society of Musicians, held May, 1915, each obtained a Prize and a Certificate with Honours for 93 per-cent, of proficiency in the Preparatory and No. 1 and No. 2 grades, respectively. The results were published this month. They are being educated at St. Mary’s Convent, Bruff.


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

— Compiled by Niall Murray, Irish Examiner

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