February 1919

Feb-03

 De Valera escapes from Lincoln jail along with Sean McGarry and Sean Milroy - escape masterminded by Boland and Collins

Curran J M (1980), pg25 & 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 Llyod 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) do attend.  Phoenix notes that the British government contains such “intractable Unionists as Bonar Law, Long and 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.  (Macardle say 12th Feb.)

O'Farrell P (1997), pg 108; Macardle (1999), pg 292

Feb-21

220 workers at the Fulton Mill in Caledon, Co. Tyrone go on strike led by ITGWU official Peadar O’Donnell.  The strike lasts ten weeks and ends in defeat for the workers and ITGWU. 

O’Drisceoil (2001), pg 14

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.

Macardle (1999), pg 279

Feb-23

Officers of the South Tipperary brigade, 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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