1919 in Ireland

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Events from the year 1919 in Ireland.


The First Dáil Éireann photo taken at the Mansion House on 10 April 1919

21 January - Dáil Éireann meets for the very first time in the Round Room of the Mansion House, Dublin. It comprises Sinn Féin members elected in the 1918 general election who, in accordance with their manifesto, have not taken their seats in the Parliament of the United Kingdom but chosen to declare an independent Irish Republic. In the first shots of the Irish War of Independence, two Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) men are killed by members of the Third Tipperary Brigade in the Soloheadbeg Ambush in Tipperary.
3 February - Éamon de Valera, the leader of Sinn Féin, and two other prisoners escape from Lincoln Prison in England in a break personally arranged by Michael Collins and Harry Boland.
1 April - Fifty-two members of Sinn Féin attend the second meeting of Dáil Éireann. Seán T. O'Kelly is elected Ceann Comhairle and Éamon de Valera is elected President of Dáil Éireann.
2 April - Constance Markievicz is appointed Minister for Labour, becoming the first Irish female Cabinet Minister (the only one for sixty years) and the first in Western Europe.[1]

Arts and literature[edit]


Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA)[edit]

  • All Ireland Senior Hurling Final

Cork 6-4 d Dublin 2-4

  • All Ireland Senior Football Final

Kildare 2-5 d Galway 0-1


Winners: Belfast Celtic
Winners: Linfield 2 - 1 Glentoran
  • International
25 October Ireland 1 - 1 England (in Belfast)[12]


January to June[edit]

July to December[edit]

Full date unknown[edit]


Full date unknown[edit]


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  9. ^ Cox, Michael, ed. (2004). The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-860634-5. 
  10. ^ Poetry November 1919.
  11. ^ O'Leary, Philip (1994). The Prose Literature of the Gaelic Revival, 1881–1921: Ideology and Innovation. State College: Penn State University Press. p. 161. ISBN 0-271-01064-9. 
  12. ^ Hayes, Dean (2006). Northern Ireland International Football Facts. Belfast: Appletree Press. p. 162. ISBN 0-86281-874-5.