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, JANUARY 17, 1916:
- FLOODS IN IRELAND, GREAT DAMAGE
Following the recent heavy weather, the great Irish rivers Shannon and Barrow have overflowed their banks and wrought great havoc in the Midlands, the inundations being the greatest within living memory. In the Athlone, Westmeath and Banagher (King’s County) districts, floods are periodical, resulting in great devastation. The people in the flooded areas are at present in a hopeless condition, their decks and other belongings having been destroyed. An effort was made some years ago to obtain Government assistance for drainage works but the scheme fell through. Roads have also been washed away and people are cut off from communication with adjacent towns except by boat.
- GAELIC ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION, Cork County Board Annual Convention
Satisfactory reports from the Annual Convention of the GAA Cork County Board, presented by honorary treasurer, Mr M O’Sullivan: “I may incidentally remark in passing that there is a very fine team of footballers at present in the county, and I would wish the incoming committee would take them in hands as they could see from their display against Kerry the material is there, if only developed….Turning to the income side, our gate receipts have increased as against 1914 by £80, but our affiliation and championship fees are reduced by £13, a fact to be regretted. The principal falling off in this respect is North and West Cork, and I think it advisable to send a man during the early part of this year to organise those divisions.”
- TIPPERARY NAVAL MAN’S DROWNING
Body Found (From Our correspondent) Tipperary, Sunday Mr Michael Falvey, weighmaster, Tipperary, whose son, Daniel, who joined the Royal Navy in September last, and who fell overboard the torpedo” boat destroyer “Tipperary,” and was drowned at Devonport some days after Christmas, has received a telegram from the naval authorities that the body had been found. The remains will be sent to Tipperary, where they will be interred in the New Cemetery.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 1916:
- NEW ADDITIONS AT THE CARNEGIE FREE LIBRARY
New additions in the Lending Library: – Belloc, General Sketch of the European War – Balfour, Theism and Humanism – Rosenberg, Electrical Engineering – Bayley, Complete Photographer – Sommerville and Ross, In Mr. Knox’s Country – Wylie, Temple of Dawn. Reference Library: – Madden, History of Irish Periodical Literature, 2 volumes – Catholic Record Society’s vol. 17 – Co-operative Wholesale Society’s Annual 1916.
The Carnegie Library was destroyed in the Burning of Cork, December 11, 1920…
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