August 1919


Men from the North Louth Irish Volunteers break into a lockup in Greenore port and steal 19 modern rifles.

Hall (2019), pg 64


 Two RIC men (Sgt John Riordan and Constable Michael J Murphy) killed in an ambush at Eight-One Crossroads under Mount Callon near Ennistymon, Co Clare.  The ambushers were Martin Devitt, John Joe Neylon and Seamus Coneally of the Mid-Clare Brigade of the Irish Volunteers. 

Abbott (2000), pgs 43-44;  Ó Ruairc (2009), pgs 99-100


Chief Secretary Macpherson introduces a Bill in Westminster to improve the pay and conditions of the RIC.  This Bill is passed on November 30th and leads to an increase in recruitment to the RIC.

Townshend (1975), pg 27


Start of week-long Irish Volunteer training camp at Shorecliffe House, Glandore, Co Cork for 35 battalion and company officers of the No. 3 (West) Cork Brigade. More Detail 

Townshend (1975), pg 31; Deasy (1973), pgs 69-77


Fifteen year old, Francis Murphy, is killed after a British army patrol shoot into his home in Glann, near Ennistymon, Co. Clare.

Ó Ruairc (2009), pg 101; O’Farrell (1997), pg 72


The annual Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) 15th August parade passes of peacefully in Derry City characterised by a strong display of unity between nationalists and republicans in the city.  (The earlier Orange parade on the 12th July and the Apprentice Boys parade on the 12th August had also passed of peacefully.)  However, that night there was sporadic rioting throughout the city.  A harbinger of much worse to come.

Grant (2018), pgs 92-93


Unlike in Derry, there are clashes between AOH and Sinn Féin supporters in Dundalk, Ardee and Castleblaney.

Hall (2019), pg 66


Re-organisation of (West) Cork No. 3 Brigade of Volunteers.  More Detail 

O'Donnoghue (1986), pg35; Deasy (1973), pg 76 & 319


Fifth session of Dáil commences.  Griffith reports on the progress in setting up the court system and Barton’s proposal to set up a land bank is accepted.

Macardle (1999), pg 303


Motion passed by Dáil that an Oath of Allegiance to the Republic should be taken by all (1) Dáil deputies; (2) Volunteers; (3) officials of the Dáil and (4) others as determined by the Dáil.   More Detail   Comment

O'Farrell P (1997), pg xv; MacEoin in The Kerryman (1955), pg 15; O'Malley (2001), pg 98; Macardle (1999), pg304; O’Malley (1990), pg 109; Valiulis (1985), pg17; Townshend (2014), pgs 86-89


A strike by farm labourers in Co. Kildare, which had been on-going since the beginning of July, was settled in the south of the county when the Athy branch of the Farmers Union agreed improved terms for the labourers with the Transport Workers Union.  Settlement of the strike in the rest of the county was reached on the 23rd August.

Durney (2013), pgs 85-87


RIC Constable Timothy Murphy dies from bullet wounds.  It is not known how he received his wounds.

Abbott (2019), pg 411


Due to on-going demobilisation and overseas commitments, the General Officer Commander-in- Chief (G. O. C-in-C) of the British Army in Ireland, General Frederick Shaw, writes to RIC Inspector General Joseph Byrne saying that from Christmas, the British Army would no longer be able to provide outpost detachments. He went on to say “the Garrison in Ireland will not be in a position to carry out the police duties which have devolved upon it during the war and respond to the constant calls upon it to assist the police”.   See 9th September.

Townshend (1975), pg 29


In the States, de Valera (with Dáil approval) launches Dáil Eireann loan but runs into opposition from John Devoy and Judge Colahan.  He sets up organisation to collect loan (American Commission on Irish Independence) with Frank P. Walsh as Chairman. Eventually collects over $5 million.

Macardle (1999), pg 311; Townshend (2014), pg 72

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