Posted by murrisk on January 13, 2001 at 21:09:19:
(1) On January 19, 1913, a correspondent of the Mayo News living on Clare Island, reported that an airship had been seen over the island on January 8th. There was uncertainty as to whether the airship was British, or a German craft "secretly examining the coast to see how it is lighted".
(2) The Lusitania was sunk of the Old Head of Kinsale on May 7, 1915. According to the The Mayo News, the body of Thomas Brownlee, a passenger on the Lusitania,was washed ashore at Pullacoppal near Belmullet on July 8, 1915. The remains were interred in the Protestant cemetry.
(4) The same paper reported on the opening of Dáil Éireann in the Mansion House on January 21, 1919. The assembley adopted a provisional constitution and a declaration of independence. The paper noted that the entire proceedings were in Irish except for a reading of both declarations in English and French.
(5) specific to Castlebar: the Mayo News reported that on January 1, 1936, the 85 cottages on McHale Road were blessed by Rev. M. Carney. The honour guard was provided by Catholic Boy Scouts under the charge of Robert Kilkelly (Diocesan Commissioner) and Michael MacAodhagain (Scoutmaster). The Urban Council was thanked for having provided the housing.
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