February 1919

Feb-01

The Irish Volunteers carry out a major raid for arms on the home of Lord Arran in Ravensdale, Co. Louth but it yields very little.

Hall (2019), pg 64

Feb-03

Eamon de Valera escapes from Lincoln jail along with Sean McGarry and Sean Milroy - escape masterminded by Boland and Collins with help from Peter DeLoughrey who is inside the prison.

Curran J M (1980), pg25; Walsh (2018); pg 59 & Hopkinson (2002), pg 39

Feb-03

Cathal O’Shannon and Thomas Johnson represent Ireland at International Labour and Socialist Conference in Berne.

O’Farrell (1997), pg 48

Feb-04

The House of Commons meets at Westminster – Coalition government put in place with Lloyd George as Prime Minister.  The Sinn Féin MPs do not attend but the 26 Unionist MPs and the 7 Nationalist MPs (including T.P. O’Connor, Nationalist MP for Liverpool) do attend.  Phoenix notes that the British government contains such “intractable unionists as Bonar Law, Walter Long and F. E. Smith (Birkenhead)”.

Macardle (1999), pg 277; Phoenix (1994), pgs 57 & 61

Feb-08

Sean T. O’Kelly (in Paris) writes to President Wilson seeking support for the Irish cause but he does not receive a reply for two months and then it is non-committal.

Macardle (1999), pgs 277-278

Feb-13

Patrick Gavin from Curragh, Co. Kildare dies at the British Military camp on the Curragh.  Durney says that he was shot dead by a sentry (Private Gay from the Duke of Wellington Regiment) as he was on his way to the fair in Newbridge with a cow. Despite criticising his actions, Private Gay was discharged by the court.   (Macardle say 12th Feb.)

O'Farrell P (1997), pg 108; Macardle (1999), pg 292; Durney (2013), pgs 79-81

Feb-21

220 workers strike at Fulton’s Woolen Mill in Caledon, Co. Tyrone.  Even though the majority of the workers are unionist, they join the ITGWU and the strike is led by Peadar O’Donnell.  After four weeks, with 130 workers still on strike, the owner brings in ‘blacklegs’ from the Carsonite Ulster Workers Union and re-admits workers on a sectarian basis.  The strike eventually collapses in July.   

O’Drisceoil (2001), pg 14; McCluskey (2014), pgs 83-84

Feb-22/23

Irish Race Convention meets in Chicago.  The call upon President Wilson to support Irish self-determination and appoints three delegates to go to the Peace Conference. See May 4th.

Macardle (1999), pg 279

Feb-23

Officers of the South Tipperary brigade of the Irish Volunteers, meeting at Donnolly's, Nodstown, Cashel, draw up a proclamation (signed by Seamus Robinson as O/C) ordering all British military and police forces out of South Tipperary and, if they stayed they would be held to have "forfeited they lives".  GHQ refused to sanction this proclamation or to give permission to the Tipperary men to carry out their threats.  It was still posted up in Tipperary.

Ryan (1945), pg 87

Feb-26

Robert Barton arrested.

Gallagher (1953), pg 64

 

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