July 1919

Jul-01

Patrick Studdert from Co. Clare shot by the British Army.

Ó Ruairc (2009), pg 328

Jul-04

Sinn Féin, Irish Volunteers, Cumman na mBan and the Gaelic League declared illegal in Tipperary.  This was in response to the killing of DI Hunt – see June 23rd above.

Townshend (1975), pg 27; Townshend (2014), pg 101

Jul

Collins forms the 'Squad'.  According to Coogan, the Squad was not formally founded until September (see 19th September) but by that stage had been "operative for two months and members of the Squad and had two killings their credit".  At a meeting held in 35 North Great Georges St, Dick McGee (O/C Dublin Brigade, IRA) and Mick McDonnell pick a number of men (all from 2nd Battalion) and assigned them to ‘special duties’.  Men included Tom Kehoe, Jim Slattery and Vinny Byrne.  Pat McCrea was the driver. 

Hopkinson (2002), pg 99; Coogan (1900) pg 116; Price (2017), pg 78

 

Jun/Jul

Collins made President of Supreme Council of the IRB

Coogan (1990); pg 115

Jul-05

Local volunteers, led by Andrew O’Donoghue, ambush a two-man RIC patrol at Cahermore Cross near Kilfenora, Co. Clare.  Both RIC men are wounded and the volunteers capture one carbine.

Ó Ruairc (2009), pgs 96-97

Jul-12

Carson warns that if any change is made to the status of Ulster, he would summon the Ulster Provisional Government and call out the Ulster Volunteers.

Macardle (1999), pg 300

Jul-17

After large rallies in New York and Boston, de Valera sets out on a tour of the States visiting many states capitals and addressing large crowds.

Macardle (1999), pg 310

Jul-21

Lloyd George makes a statement saying that he is trying to apply the principle of self-determination to Ireland but Irishmen could not agree among themselves.  He tells the House of Commons that Ireland was ‘not a nation’ and if nationalist Ireland was entitled to self-determination, the Protestant people of north-east Ulster had an equal right to it.  T J S Harbison, the nationalist MP for north-east Tyrone, replied ‘that the coercion of Tyrone into what is called …Ulster will be the one of the most difficult propositions that any government has yet set before it’.

Macardle (1999), pg 300; Phoenix (1994), pg 66

Jul-21

The Mid-Clare Brigade of the Irish Volunteers attack two RIC ‘huts’.  The attack in Inagh is led by Joseph Barrett and the attack at the hut in Connolly is led by Martin Devitt.  The volunteers do not succeed in capturing either hut.

Ó Ruairc (2009), pgs 98-99

Jul-24

The London Times predicts that the British government would bring forward legislation setting up two parliaments in Ireland – one for the nine counties of Ulster and one for the rest of Ireland.

Phoenix (1994), pg 67

Jul-24

Two RIC men (Sgt Bernard Oates and Con JJ O’Connell) are disarmed at Camp on the Dingle Peninsula in Co. Kerry. Four men are later convicted for carrying out this disarming.

Doyle (2008), pg 35

Jul-30

Detective Sergeant Patrick ‘The Dog’ Smyth of the G Division DMP shot by the Irish Volunteers in Millmount Avenue, Drumcondra, Dublin on the orders of Michael Collins - first 'G man' to be shot.  Smyth’s son and daughter came out of their home at 51 Millmount Avenue when they heard the shots.  Smyth was brought to Mater Hospital where he died on 8th September. The assassination squad was Jim Slattery, Tom Ennis, Tom Kehoe and Mick Kennedy.  See September 12th

Hopkinson (2002), pg 99; Coogan (1990) pg 117; Abbott (2000), pgs 40-42; Price (2017), pgs 80-81

 

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