Her­itage so­ci­ety to mark the cen­te­nary of the first Dail

The Corkman - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

CHARLEVILLE Her­itage So­ci­ety start off their 2019 ac­tiv­i­ties with a talk on the first Dail, which will be de­liv­ered by Ea­mon Ó Cuiv TD at the Charleville Park Ho­tel on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 24 to mark the cen­te­nary of the first Dail.

The First Dáil was con­vened on Jan­uary 21, 1919 at the Man­sion House in Dublin and Mr. Ó Cuiv will re­call the events lead­ing up to the elec­tion of 1918, the suc­cess of Sinn Féin and the sub­se­quent ful­fill­ing of their prom­ise not to go West­min­ster if elected, but to form their own Ir­ish gov­ern­ment.

He will also re­late the part played by his grand­fa­ther, Ea­mon de Valera, who was in Lin­coln Jail at the time, and so was not present at that first meet­ing. But he had been freed from jail and was present for the se­cond gath­er­ing of the mem­bers in Fe­bru­ary 1919, and was elected Pres­i­dent of the Dáil, and pro­ceeded to form his Cab­i­net.

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