March 1919


First meeting of the brigade officers of the Cork No. 3 (West) Brigade IRA since its founding.  It takes place at Ballinvard, near Rossmore.

Deasy (1973), pg 58


Irish-American delegation meets with US President Woodrow Wilson in New York.  Wilson says that he accords with their aspirations but refuses to commit himself to support the Irish position in Paris and them palms them off with the possibility that the League of Nations might do something in the future. On the same day, U.S. House of Representatives passes (by a majority of 261 to 41) a resolution which states that it is its hope that the Peace Conference in Paris will “favourably consider the claims of Ireland to self-determination”.

Hopkinson (2002), pg 167; Macardle (1999), pg 280


Rest on 'German Plot' internees released (due to flu epidemic after death in Gloucester prison of Pierce McCan, Tipperary TD)

Curran J M (1980), pg25; O’Farrell (1997), pg 58


Robert Barton escapes from Mountjoy Prison.  He leaves a note for the Governor saying that the accommodation was not up to his expectation.

Coogan (1990), pg 98; Gallagher (1953), pg 64; Brennan (1950), pg 260


IRA raid (led by Patrick Holohan) on Collinstown aerodrome outside Dublin resulting in the capture of 75 rifles and 4000 rounds of ammunition.  (Henderson says 20th March and that 75 rifles and 6000 rounds of ammunition were captured.)

Townshend 1975, pg 19; Figgis (1927), pg 262; O'Farrell P (1997), pg 46; Gallagher (1953), pg 66;  Henderson WS 821, pg 55


Notice appears in the press (signed by Harry Boland and Tom Kelly - Hon. Secs. of Sinn Féin) that de Valera will arrive in Dublin on the 26th March and be met at the gates by the Lord Mayor who will escort him to the Mansion House.  (De Valera had been in hiding since his escape from Lincoln Jail.)  The Castle issues a proclamation prohibiting all meetings and processions in the city.

Figgis (1927), pg 241


The Irish Weekly reports that the Sinn Féin candidate (Patrick McGilligan) in a by-election in Unionist North Derry increased his vote by 400 over the December 1918 election. (According to Walker, by-election was on the 4th March and McGilligan increased his vote by 382.) 

Phoenix (1994), pgs 65 & 409; Walker (1992), pg 9


The old and new Executives of Sinn Féin (i.e. Executive elected before German Plot and one elected after arrest of most members of the Executive in wake of German Plot) meet to discuss Castle prohibition of de Valera’s entry into City.  More Detail

Figgis (1927), pgs 242-244; Brennan (1950), pg 238; Hopkinson (2002), pg 40; Macardle (1999), pg 284


A notice appears in the press, in de Valera's name, that the public reception planned for the following day would be abandoned.

Figgis (1927), pg 244-245


Resident Magistrate John C Milling shot dead in Westport, Co Mayo.  Abbott says he was unpopular as he had sent Volunteers to prison for unlawful assembly and drilling.   (Macardle and O'Farrell say it was the 29th March)

Hopkinson (2002), pg 26;  Abbott (2000), pg 43; Macardle (1999), pg 292; O'Farrell (1997), page 69


20 IRA prisoners escape from Mountjoy prison

Coogan (1990), pg 98


Ernie O’Malley sent to Clare by GHQ of the Irish Volunteers.  Three brigades had been set up in Clare where there previously had only been one to the resentment of Patrick Brennan the former O/C – he was replaced by his brother Michael (who was later to be replaced by his other brother Austen). 

O’Malley (1990), pg 96



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