In the news: January 23 – 29, 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




Practically every seat at the Cork Opera House was filled on Saturday evening, when a series of bouts was fought. The chief item was a six-round contest between Pakey Mahony, the Irish heavyweight champion, and Private Clarke (Leinsters), but owing to indisposition the last named was unable to fight and his place was taken by Sergeant Sullivan, of the Leinsters. On Saturday evening all the followers of the sport were delighted with the fine show he made against Mahony, for it was feared that, in the absence of his original opponent, Mahony would have something in the nature of a walk over. Sullivan, it might be mentioned, was once wounded, and is at present on five days’ leave from the trenches, so that though he would, of course, be reasonably fit, he could hardly have been in training. At the conclusion of the fight it was announced that he was prepared to meet Mahony for the heavyweight championship in April.

  • From a report for September 1914 to January 1, 1916, at the annual meeting of the Cork and District Branch of the Catholic Girls Protection Society.

“During that time over one hundred applicants of ages varying from 14 to 50, married and unmarried, have called to the Bureau for help and advice of one kind or another. “And as the work of the society, which is chiefly to protect and help young girls while travelling, is somewhat restricted owing to the war, we turned our attention to helping our Catholic girls at home by trying to get employment for them. “This we succeeded in doing in 50 per cent of the cases, chiefly as domestic servants. In December 1914 the Society’s room was lent to the Cork Relief Committee for a fortnight before Christmas, during which time from 10 to 15 girls were employed at shirt-making.”


A 1916 diary ... In the news
Even everyday items such as corn cures had a military theme



Patrick Ring, who admitted being a deserter from the 3rd Leinster Regiment, when charged by Sergeant Gloster, was ordered to be handed over to the military authorities. Mary Connell, 7 James Square, was summoned by Constable Keating for being disorderly while drunk on the 15th January. She was disorderly by shouting and wanting to fight. There were six previous convictions against the defendant, who did not appear, and she was now fined 10 shillings and costs. David Leahy, who gave his address as Lower Road, was. fined 10s and costs for drunkenness and disorderly conduct on the previous night. Constable McCarthy was complainant.

A 1916 diary ... In the news
Members of the 2nd Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers, who were taken prisoners at Mons, and are at present at the German camp at Giessen
  • CORPORATION COMMITTEES: City Hall & Dwellings

An application was heard by a committee of Cork Corporation for the use of Cork City Hall by the Irish Volunteers, Sheares Street, between 8pm on February 26 and 5am on February 27. Mr. T. Barry, who appeared before the meeting in support of the application, said that the ball was for the revival of an Irish custom in the old Volunteer days, and the applicant desired all the help possible to achieve that object. It would be a historical ball more than anything else. The Chairman said that they ought to help and encourage and foster the old Irish customs by every means in their power. Such an object deserved the support of every Irishman. Mr. T. Barry said that that was the spirit in which the Irish Volunteers were working, and would continue to work. The Chairman — Ireland may be a small country and a small nationality, but large countries are now respecting the rights of small nationalities. England is even now fighting for small nationalities. We ought to foster our old Irish custom, and I propose the application be granted.

Friday, January 28, 1916


London, Thursday night According to a return issued tonight, the number of’ evicted tenants in Ireland for the quarter ended September 30 last was ten, and the number of tenants who were converted into caretakers under the Land Law Act was 144. There were eleven tenants whose tenancy was determined under other processes of law, and two were re-admitted as caretakers. Seven tenant were turned out of their holdings, not at the suit of the landlord, for debt, foreclosure of mortgage, etc, during the quarter.


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