Metropolitan Police find printing press during raid in Rathmines

1916/2016: a miscellany

January 22nd, 1916 The Dublin Metropolitan Police made an unexpected raid on several houses in Dublin under the authority of the Defence of the Realm Act. Among the places visited was a house in Leinster Road, Rathmines where they found a printing press which was removed to Dublin Castle. The identity of the owner of the house is not mentioned in The Irish Times, but Countess Constance Markievicz lived on Leinster Road before the Rising and James Connolly lived at Markievicz's house for a period.

The police also visit houses in Great Brunswick Street (now Pearse Street) where they found arms and ammunition. The Irish Times reported that the search "was carried out very quietly".

A Bray magistrate has expressed regret that drunkenness among the "separation women" was a real problem. Separation women were the ones who were paid an allowance by the British government while their men were away at the front. Sir Albert Meldon said he had read the comments of a Dublin magistrate who suggested drunkenness among separation women in Dublin was not a problem. Sir Albert was "sorry the same thing could not be said of Bray where the experience of the bench was that separation allowances had led to increased drinking among women".

Dublin Metropolitan Police files

January 22nd, 1916


I beg to report that the undermentioned extremists were observed moving about and associating with each as other as follows:- With

Thomas J Clarke

, 75 Parnell Street,

Pierce Beasley

for a quarter of an hour from 11.30am, John McDermott for half an hour between 1 and 2pm, John O’Mahony, J.R Reynolds and John McGarry for 20 minutes between 6 and 7pm.

M. J O'Rahilly, Thomas MacDonagh, Joseph Plunkett, H Mellows, L Raul, P. Ryan and Pierce Beasley in 2 Dawson Street at 12 noon.

PH Pearse, Geo. Irvine, J. O’Connor, John McDermott and W. T Cosgrave together in 41 Parnell Square for over an hour from 8.30pm.

January 22nd, 2016 Irish Times columnist Diarmaid Ferriter, professor of modern Irish history at University College Dublin, will give a lecture on the Easter Rising in Cork on Friday evening.

The event is being organised by the Church of Ireland diocese of Cork and will be held in the Aula Maxima at UCC at 7.30pm on Friday, January 22nd. Bishop Paul Colton will chair the event which will be introduced by the president of UCC, Dr Michael Murphy. In addition to Prof Ferriter, Dr John Borgonovo (lecturer in history at UCC) and Prof John A Murphy (professor Emeritus at UCC) will be speaking.