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1916 - September 24

1916 - September 24

Ardoyne Soldier Killed

Members of the Belfast Regiment of the Irish National Volunteers [pro-Redmond] will learn with regret of the death of an old comrade, Corporal James McCann of the Connaught Rangers and late of 100 Butler Street which took place in Cardiff General Hospital on the 21st inst. from wounds received in action. Corporal McCann had been employed in Messrs Lindsay, Thompson and Sons, Flax Street and enlisted at the formation of the Irish Brigade. He was a member of the North Belfast Battalion of the INV. It is interesting to note that he has three other brothers serving, two being in the Navy and one in France.

Corporal McCann leaves a wife and family to whom the sincerest sympathy will be extended in their bereavement. The remains were conveyed from Cardiff to his late residence and the funeral will take place with full military honours today.

Nationalism in Armagh

A meeting of the Mid-Armagh Executive of the United Irish League was held yesterday afternoon in the Hibernian Hall, Castle Street, Armagh.

Mr E Donnelly, Tullyard, Armagh wrote tendering his resignation as the hon. secretary of the Executive. He said he had voted against exclusion in St Mary’s Hall, Belfast [on June 23 1916] and would be acting hypocritically if he continued in a movement controlled by leaders whose policy he no longer approved of.

Mr John McGlone, Lurgyvallen, said he could not agree to the recent [Lloyd George partition] proposal and he sincerely thanked his former colleagues for their confidence in him at all times.

Mr P Mone, Rural District Councillor, moved that both resignations be accepted and said the National Movement in Armagh would be carried on as heretofore, even without the assistance of these gentlemen. (Applause). Mr J Donnelly seconded and the motion was passed unanimously. (Eamon Donnelly (1877-1944), a leading Armagh Home Ruler not only broke with the party over its support for ‘Six County Exclusion’ but went on to become a leading Sinn Fein activist and the party’s Ulster director of elections in 1918. He was elected to both Stormont – as a Republican for South Armagh and Falls- and the Dail as a Fianna Fail TD for Laois-Offaly.)

Zeppelins over England

The Press Association says hostile airships made a raid on the eastern counties and outskirts of London again during Saturday night with disastrous results to the raiders. One airship was brought down in flames in the southern part of Essex and reports have been received that another fell in the same area.