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 On this day 23 April in Irish History

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PostSubject: On this day 23 April in Irish History   Wed Apr 23, 2008 9:12 pm

23 April 1014: The Battle of Clontarf /Cath Cluain Tarbh, (The Pasture of the Bulls) was fought on this day – Good Friday. The victors were the forces of King Brian Boru of Munster leading a force primarily of the men of Munster and south Connacht along with a small contingent of Limerick and perhaps Waterford Vikings. His erstwhile ally Mael Sechnaill of Meath held back on the day of the Battle.
Thus Brian’s men alone faced the Vikings of Dublin and the Isles and their allies the Leinstermen under King Maelmorda. The result was a great Victory for King Brian but as the day ended he was killed himself while praying in his camp. Clontarf was the greatest and bloodiest battle of the Viking age in Ireland.



23 April 1796: The Grand Canal Docks (Ringsend Basin) was opened by Lord Lieutenant Viscount Camden, aboard the yacht Dorset. The Dublin Journal reported that 'their excellencies landed and partook of a Grand Dejeuner, prepared in marquee tents on shore for above 500 people.'


23 April 1918: The Irish Trades Union Congress called for a National work stoppage to protest against the imposition of Conscription in Ireland. There was a response everywhere with the exception of Belfast and the Loyalist areas in the North.
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PostSubject: Re: On this day 23 April in Irish History   Wed Apr 23, 2008 9:22 pm

I didn't know there was ever a call for conscription in Ireland. It didn't stop many young men leaving these shores to fight in any case.
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PostSubject: Re: On this day 23 April in Irish History   Wed Apr 23, 2008 9:48 pm

Kate P wrote:
I didn't know there was ever a call for conscription in Ireland. It didn't stop many young men leaving these shores to fight in any case.


By 1918 the pool of recruits had more or less dried up and the British were desperate for more men for the Front Lines.


Their attempt to impose Conscription here was ham fisted and backfired as it drove most of the Nationalist population away and towards what SF stood for.


I estimate about 225,000 to 250,000 Irishmen served in the British armed forces in WWI, which while numerous was only a fraction of the overall total and way below the enlistment rates experienced in Britain – though there of course they did have Conscription from January 1916 onwards.
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