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The Events of 1918

Countess Markievicz: The Only Woman Candidate Returned

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In this newsreel, Countess Markievicz is elected as MP for the St Patrick’s Division of Dublin. She was the first woman to ever be elected into British Parliament, but she refused to take her seat and joined Sinn Fein TDs to form the first Dail Eireann. Constance Georgine Markievicz, known as Countess Markievicz, was a […]

Crowds Protest Against Compulsory Military Service

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The Conscription Crisis of 1918 stemmed from a move by the British government to impose conscription (military draft) in Ireland in April 1918, during the First World War. In this newsreel we see vigorous opposition from crowds of people. These protests were primarily led by trade unions, Irish nationalist parties and Roman Catholic bishops and […]

Waterford Elections

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The Waterford by-elections, March 22nd 1918: An enthusiastic crowd of people gather and cheer in excitement as Sinn Féin candidate, Dr. Vincent White, exits a building alongside Captain William Redmond (son of John Redmond). Captain William Redmond, from the Irish Nationalist Party defeated Sinn Féin candidate Dr. Vincent White in the by-election but campaigns began […]

Red Cross Society Garden Fête in Dublin

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Red Cross functions were designed to help raise funds for the Red Cross charity. A variety of games and entertainment were planned. One game in particular shows a man trying to get into a basket which is balanced on two poles. He appears to pretend to be severely injured but based on the spectator’s reaction […]