1912 in Ireland
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Other events of 1912
List of years in Ireland
Events from the year 1912 in Ireland.
- 8 February - First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill addresses a pro Home Rule meeting in Belfast despite Ulster Unionist attempts to prevent him speaking. Churchill shares the platform with John Redmond the leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party.
- 31 March - John Redmond, Eoin MacNeill, Patrick Pearse, Tim Healy and others address a monster meeting of 200,000 people in favour of Home Rule at the GPO in O'Connell Street, Dublin
- 9 April - 250,000 Orangemen converge on Balmoral Showground in Belfast, declaring that under no circumstances will they accept Home Rule.
- 11 April - Prime Minister of the United Kingdom H. H. Asquith introduces the 3rd Home Rule Bill in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom.
- 12 April - A convention of Sinn Féin delegates led by Arthur Griffith opposes the Home Rule Bill.
- 14 April - RMS Titanic, the largest vessel in the world, built in Belfast and making her last call at Queenstown, collides with an iceberg and sinks within a few hours.
- 22 April - Englishman Denys Corbett Wilson completes the first aeroplane crossing of the Irish Sea, from Goodwick in Wales to Crane near Enniscorthy.
- 26 April - English-born Vivian Hewitt makes an aeroplane crossing of the Irish Sea from Holyhead to Phoenix Park, Dublin.
- 30 April - Winston Churchill moves the second reading of the Home Rule Bill at Westminster.
- 9 May - The second reading of the Home Rule Bill is accepted in the British House of Commons. A Unionist amendment rejecting the Bill is defeated.
- 10 May - At the Royal Albert Hall in London, Bonar Law speaks of Conservative Opposition to the Home Rule Bill. Elsewhere Edward Carson also voices his opposition.
- 1 July - A serious outbreak of foot and mouth disease occurs in Counties Dublin, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow.
- July - Prime Minister of the United Kingdom H. H. Asquith travels to Dublin (the first sitting Prime Minister to do so in over a century; Gladstone had visited Dublin in November 1877 whilst out of office, whilst Arthur Balfour had been Chief Secretary for Ireland) to make a speech, criticising Unionist demands.
- 18 July - Suffragettes attempt an arson attack on the Theatre Royal, Dublin, during Asquith's visit.
- 27 July - Bonar Law, leader of the British Conservative Party in opposition, makes a defiant speech at a massive Unionist rally at Blenheim Palace against Home Rule implying support for armed resistance to it in Ulster.
- 28 September - 'Ulster Day' - Ulster Covenant to resist Home Rule is signed by almost 250,000 men throughout Ulster; 229,000 women sign a parallel declaration.
- 23 October - Large numbers of cattle are slaughtered in Mullingar due to the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the area.
- The golden eagle becomes extinct in Ireland (prior to reintroduction).
Arts and literature
- 11 April - Lennox Robinson's play Patriots is first performed, at the Abbey Theatre (Dublin).
- 20 April - Bram Stoker, author of Dracula and theatrical manager, dies in London.
- November - Lord Dunsany's short story collection The Book of Wonder is published.
- Peadar Kearney and Patrick Heeney's A Soldier's Song (which will become Amhrán na bhFiann, the national anthem of the Republic of Ireland) is first published in Irish Freedom by Bulmer Hobson.
- Eleanor Hull publishes The Poem-Book of the Gael: translations from Irish Gaelic poetry into English prose and verse and first versifies the traditional Irish hymn Be Thou My Vision in English.
- Forrest Reid's coming-of-age novel Following Darkness is published.
- James Stephens' novel The Crock of Gold is published.
- All-Ireland Senior Football Championship 1912 Winners: Louth
- All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship 1912 Winners: Kilkenny
- Winners: Glentoran
- Winners: Linfield (last club remaining after several others withdrew)
- Bohemians are re-admitted to the Irish Football League after resigning the previous year. Tritonville, another Dublin side, joins the League, but lasts just one season.
- Ken McArthur, born in Dervock, County Antrim, wins the marathon race at the 1912 Summer Olympics for South Africa.
- 8 January - James Brophy, cricketer (died 1994).
- 5 February - Desmond Surfleet, cricketer (died 2006).
- 14 February - Joseph Brennan, Fianna Fáil TD, Cabinet Minister and Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann (died 1980).
- 22 March - Wilfrid Brambell, actor (died 1985).
- 27 April - Tommy Breen, international soccer player (died 1988).
- 29 April - Terence de Vere White, lawyer, novelist and biographer (died 1994).
- 9 June - Patrick Mulligan, Bishop of Clogher 1970-1979 (died 1990).
- 12 July - Mick Mackey, Limerick hurler and first recipient of the GAA All-Time All-Star Award (Hurling) (died 1982).
- 9 August - Alex Stevenson, soccer player (died 1985).
- 18 September - Denis Farrelly, Fine Gael TD and senator (died 1974).
- 12 November - Donagh MacDonagh, writer and judge (died 1968).
- 1 December - Micheál Cranitch, Fianna Fáil politician, Cathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann in 1973. (died 1999).
- 25 December - Micheál Ó Móráin, Fianna Fáil TD and Cabinet Minister (died 1983).
Full date unknown
- Gerald Goldberg, lawyer, Fianna Fáil politician and first Jewish Lord Mayor of Cork (died 2003).
- Jimmy Kelly, soccer player (died 1970).
- Brendan Menton Sr., soccer administrator and president of the Football Association of Ireland (died 2002).
- Denis O'Conor Don, hereditary chief of the O'Conor Don sept (died 2000).
- Tommy Potts, fiddle player (died 1988).
- Jimmy Warnock, boxer (died 1987).
- 30 January - John Philip Nolan, soldier, landowner and politician (born 1838).
- 21 February - Osborne Reynolds, engineer and prominent innovator in the understanding of fluid dynamics (born 1842).
- 20 April - Bram Stoker, writer and author of Dracula (born 1847).
- 28 April - Michael Thomas Stenson, politician in Canada (born 1838).
- 19 December - Thomas Brennan, a founder and joint first secretary of the Irish National Land League (born 1853).
Full date unknown
- Sherry, Ruth (Spring 1996). "The Story of the National Anthem". History Ireland (Dublin) 4 (1): 39–43.
- Hayes, Dean (2006). Northern Ireland International Football Facts. Belfast: Appletree Press. p. 161. ISBN 0-86281-874-5.