One year on from the momentous events of the Easter Rising and
was still recovering, the centre of the city still a bomb site. April 9th
was Easter Monday and Dublin
was cold, windy with snow and sleet, a far cry from the sunny climate of Easter
week. The British authorities had taken no chances and banned all outdoor
gathering and processions to ward off trouble. The First World War continued
and throughout 1917, Irishmen were still joining up. Many of those arrested
after the Rising were still in prison in Britain
was suffering from rationing, job losses and steep increases in both food and
alcohol prices. Ireland though
is changing as the radical nationalism of Sinn Fein begins to replace the
moderate Nationalism of Redmond’s Home Rule party.
The main page of the Sunday Independent barely mentioned
and its only reference was to possible nationalisation of the Liquor industry
in Britain and Ireland due to
wartime conditions. This was also leading to concern as many jobs were being
lost at breweries and distilleries especially in Dublin as restrictions on production was
imposed. Much of the news columns covered America’s declaration of war on the
German Empire on April 6th. The Easter weekend had been a period of
religious reflection with many businesses closed for the Holy Week.
The ban on meetings did not apply to indoor events and so the Dublin GAA annual convention went ahead as planned in the Mansion House. There was plenty of sport to occupy the mind but weather conditions reduced the attendance numbers at most events, which was a bonus on the Monday for theatres and cinemas.
The Grand National went ahead at Faiyhouse where Pay Only picked up the first prize of two hundred pounds. Second place despite all their efforts only won twenty pounds. There was whippet racing at
Shelbourne Park, hockey in the Phoenix
Park, soccer matches in the Leinster
Senior League and club GAA matches at Croke
Park and .
The back page of the Freeman’s Journal on Monday along with actions photos of the Louth v Wexford GAA match was the news that the eldest son of British Prime Minister Lloyd George, Major Richard Lloyd George had got married. But as the year anniversary arrived on Easter Monday the theatre and cinemas were busy.
The D’Oyly Carte theatre company whose run at the Gaiety Theatre had been shut down as events unfolded on
and nearby St Stephen’s Green, were once again opening at the Gaiety with their
production of The Gondoliers. The Theatre Royal’s acts on Monday night included
Miss Marie Loftus, opera singer, George Forde, ventriloquist and Fred Curran,
comedian who would become the opening act for Harry Houdini. The Abbey Theatre
was performing G B Shaw’s ‘ John Bulls Other Island’ with Fred Donovan playing
the role of Father Keegan. The Empire show was headlined by Miss Victoria
Monks, while the Tivoli
had Cooper and Lait topping the bill with comedian J B Strain. At the Queens the play ‘Under Two Flags’ was being performed.
Cinema was also growing rapidly although many of the cinemas in the centre of the city had been destroyed during the Rising bombardment. The Grafton Picture House
was showing ‘The Majesty of the Law’ accompanied by a performance by a visiting Russian violinist. The Pillar Picture House had Charlie Chaplin’s ‘The Pawnshop’. Across
Chaplin movies were on Easter Monday. At Mullingar you could have caught his
film ‘in two parts’ The Fireman while Police was being shown at the Coliseum in
. Cork City
On Easter Monday just before midday a crowd gathered outside the ruins of the GPO and a rebel flag was hoisted on a temporary flagpole at the corner of the building. It was lowered to half mast the stroke of one. As the police attempted to arrest those with flags, they were attacked and stones thrown gathered from the rubble of the street. There were a number of baton charges on
Street and Eden Quay with skirmishes continuing
into the afternoon. The newspapers reported that a heaviy snowfall just after
10pm cleared the street of the ‘rowdies’. The only mention in Monday’s paper of
any republican activities was a gathering of about a hundred ladies in
Glasnevin where they laid wreaths on the graves of Volunteers killing during
One strange quirk of the weekend in Dundalk related to the merging of Irish time and
London time in October 1916 when Catholic
churches in the town advertised Mass in Irish Time while the Protestant
services were advertised in the new time leading to confusion in the town.