In the news: March 6 – 13, 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 6, 1916



(Before Lord Justice Ronan) Cornelius Crowe, a man of about 45 charged with an assault on Mary Comyns, a child of three years and 10 months, at Miltown-Malbay, on February 25, was found guilty of attempt to assault, with a recommendation to mercy.

His Lordship (to the jury)—Why?
Foreman: Because he was drunk at the time.

His Lordship said that the jury had taken a merciful view of the case. Drunkenness was no excuse for such a crime as this, but the jury’s view was that it was drink that had brought him to this, and that probably it was not a deliberate, malignant act. In these circumstances he would carry out the wishes of the jury as far as he could, and he would reduce the sentence from two years to 18 months’ imprisonment with hard labour.



The first touch of spring was noticeable in the weather yesterday, and it was not surprising to find a very large crowd wending their way to the Cork Athletic Grounds to witness the encounter between the selected teams of Cork and Tipperary. It was, in fact, a pleasure to take part in any out-door undertaking in weather such as that experienced, and if the game provided, though good, was not such as to keep excitement at a very high pitch, it afforded plenty of entertainment for those present…. The sod was in good order, and though Cork appeared to have the issue in reasonably safe keeping for more than half the game, they did not continue to put that dash into it which they did at the outset, and Tipperary, staying on better, won by two points. Result: Tipperary – 1 goal 5 points. Cork – 1 goal 3 points.


Wednesday March 8, 1916



London, Tuesday Night.

High Mass will be celebrated at 10.50 a.m. at Westminster Cathedral on March 18th for Irish soldiers who have fallen in the war, and for those who are fighting. His Eminence the Cardinal Archbishop will preside.

A detachment of Guards will attend, and it is hoped that Irish soldiers from other regiments, and from the Canadian and Australian units, will be able to attend.


Thursday March 9, 1916



Four members of the Iraloe District Force, Constables James Casey, native of Limerick; Patrick Mahony, John Moylan, natives of Tipperary, and Thomas Molonoy, a native of Clare have volunteered for active service at the front, and left Tralee by the 1.50 train on (Monday) for training. They were accompanied to the train by a number of local police and a large cheering crowd. District Inspector Butler and Head-Constable Kearney were present at the station… there were shouts of ‘’Up Redmond” from the crowd.


Friday March 10, 1916



The Right Hon. the Lord Mayor (Mr T. C. Butterfield) and Sir James Long, Chairman of the Cork Harbour Commissioners, left Cork yesterday afternoon for London to form part of a deputation which meets Mr. Lloyd George, Minister of Munitions, to-day in connection with the movement of the Government to supply machinery for munition making in Ireland.


Saturday March 11, 1916


  • KERRY ASSIZES – Tralee, Friday.

The Right Hon. Lord Justice Ronan opened the Commission of the Kerry Spring Assizes at noon to-day…The second case was one of attempted suicide. There was some question of the sanity of the accused person, but it was not part of their duty to consider that.

Denis Corkerry, a labourer, Lixnaw, was indicted for attempted suicide. A jury having been sworn to try if accused was capable of pleading, Dr Haargrave, prison doctor, stated prisoner was not capable of pleading. The jury found accordingly, and accused was ordered to be confined.


READ MORE: A 1916 Diary In the News: February 28-March 3, 1916.

— Compiled by Niall Murray, Irish Examiner


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