May 1919

May-04

Irish-American delegation - consisting of Frank P Walsh (a labour lawyer); Edward F Dunne (former Governor of Illinois) and Michael J Ryan (a Philadelphia lawyer) - arrives in Dublin to investigate conditions in Ireland.  They had been appointed by the Irish Race Convention.

Hopkinson (2002), pg xiv & 33-34

May-08

The Irish Administration in Dublin Castle is unsure what to policy to adopt towards the Dáil.  Ian Macpherson, Chief Secretary for Ireland, writes to Llyod George saying “We did not and do not know how to act”.

Townshend (2014), pg 99

May-09

Fourth session of Dáil - addressed by Frank P Walsh of the Irish American Delegation.  Dáil is surrounded by British forces looking for wanted men.

Hopkinson (2002), pg 40 & Coogan (1990), pg 113

May-12

Sean Hogan (Tipperary 3rd Brigade IRA) captured by the police in Meagher's of Annfield in the early morning after leaving a dance at Eamon O'Duibhir house in Ballagh. See May 13th.

Breen (1989), pg 62; Townshend (2014), pgs 80-81

May-12

South Armagh and Dundalk IRA, under Frank Aiken, stage a major raid on Ballyedmond Castle in Co. Down which they thought held a large store of UVF arms.  It was a well-planned raid but failed to get many arms.

McDermott (2001), pg 25; Hall (2019), pg 64

May-13

Sean Hogan is rescued from custody at Knocklong railway station, Co Limerick with the killing of two RIC men (Sgt Peter Wallace and Constable Michael Enright).   More Detail  

O'Donoghue, F (1986), pg 46; Abbott (2000), pgs 35-39;  Breen (1989), pgs 59-62;  Ryan (1945), pgs 90-107; Brennan (1980), pg 38; Abbott (2019), pgs 43-48; Townshend (2014), pgs 80-81

May-15

Joe Devlin writes to his party leader, John Dillion, saying that “… nothing will come of the [Paris] Peace Conference.  The position must inevitably come to … a fierce conflict between the government and Sinn Féin, and I am afraid the country is in for a bad time.”

Phoenix (1994), pg 54

May-17

De Valera, Griffith and Plunkett send a letter to the head of the Peace Conference in Paris (Clemenceau) repudiating Britain’s claim to speak for Ireland.

Macardle (1999), pg 296

May-19

Dr Kathleen Lynn and Madeleine ffrench-Mullen open St Ultan’s hospital for infants at 37 Charlemont St, Dublin

McCoole (2019), pg 14

May-20

Michael Tobin, 1st Battalion, Cork No. 1 Brigade, Irish Volunteers is killed

O'Kelly in Anvil Book (1955), pg 25

May-26

Official statement of “Ireland’s Case for Independence” sent by Dáil government to the Peace Conference in Paris.

 

Macardle (1999), pg 296

May-31

RIC Constable Patrick Gilleece is killed in a drowning accident.

Abbott (2019), pg 406

May

Laurence Ginnell is arrested and replaced as Director of Publicity by Desmond Fitzgerald.  He recruits Erskine Childers as his deputy.  See 11th September.

Townshend (2014), pgs 94-95

 

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