Archive for December 1st, 2011

December 1,

Today in Irish History: Poynings’ Law. Dail Eireann Exchanges. Delany Wins Gold

TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by IrishmanSpeaks)

1494: English hegemony is extended in Ireland with the advent of Poynings’ Law passed by the Irish Parliament at Drogheda. The Lord Deputy of Ireland Sir Edward Poynings declared that the Parliament of Ireland was to be subject to the authority of the English Parliament. This was effectively the formal start of direct English rule of Ireland.

1921: British negotiators present proposals to Irish team that would ultimately form basis for the Anglo-Irish treaty that would see Ireland partitioned and a dreadful civil war ensue.

1922: Padraig MacGamhna in Dail Eireann asked the Minister for Defence General Mulcahy:  “whether his attention has been drawn to a paragraph which appeared in the Outfitter of November 4th, to the effect that an order had been given to a Leeds firm to manufacture uniforms for the Free State troops; whether there is any truth in that statement, and, if so, why were the uniforms not made in Ireland.

General MULCAHY responded: “I have not seen the paragraph, and there is no truth in the statement that an order has been given to a Leeds firm to manufacture uniforms. The only order for uniforms [2549] which went outside Ireland was given to the Briscoe Importing Company, of Dublin, who obtained them from England, because of the necessity for urgent delivery, and who, it is understood, obtained the cloth from the Disposals Board—that is, the British Disposals Board. Everything possible has been done to give this work to firms in Ireland. If there are any such firms capable of a reasonable output who are not making uniforms at present, I shall be pleased to have them given orders at the standard prices.”

1956: Ronnie Delany wins Olympic 1500 meter Gold at Melbourne Olympics in a time of 3.41 seconds.

1979: U2 start first UK tour to limited attention.

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