January 21, 1919, is celebrated as the first meeting of the Dáil at the Mansion House in Dublin, but, ironically, the most important event of that day took place at Soloheadbeg where two Royal Irish Constabularies policemen were shot dead.
On the day Dáil Eireann assembled for the first time on January 21, 1919, across the Irish Sea four Irish men were escaping from a Welsh prison: Frank Shouldice, Joe McGrath, George Geraghty and Barney Mellows.
Today, January 16, in 1919, 100 years ago, the law enforcing The Prohibition in the United States was ratified. The 18th Amendment to the US Constitution prohibited the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes.”
A food and culinary historian has released research on a study into Ireland’s diet in the fifth century as it made the transition from a Pagan to a Christian society. This reveals the foods St Patrick would have eaten when he was in the country.