Archive for February 5th, 2012

February 5,

De Valera in America, Cumann na Mban on this day in Irish History


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1868: Edmund Heelan, Bishop of Sioux City is born in County Limerick.

1921: In America, De Valera states “The so-called Ulster difficulty is purely artificial as far as Ireland itself is concerned.  It is an accident arising out of the British connection and will disappear with it.”

1922: Cumann na mBan (Irishwomen’s Council) at the behest of Countess Markievicz votes overwhelmingly to reject the Treaty.  During the civil war, over 400 members of the movement were arrested by the Free State Government.

Countess Markievicz

Countess Markievicz

1941: Life in Ireland. In the Dail, in response to a question as to  the number of persons in Cork City in receipt of benefit under the Unemployment Assistance Acts,  Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Commerce (Mr. Moylan) responds:

” The number of persons resident in the County Borough of Cork, who were paid unemployment assistance during the week ended 11th January, 1941, at the rates of 23 shillings (about $3), 22 shillings, 20 shillings was as follows:—

Rate per week Number of persons.
23/- 116
22/- 116
20/- 136

1928: Priest, sociologist and author, Fr. Andrew Greeley is born in Oakpark, Illinois to an Irish family. He has authored a number of international best sellers including The Cardinal Sins, a somewhat racy work with sales in excess of three million copies.

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