Life in Mayo 1913–1923

While the period from 1913 to 1923 was one of the most turbulent periods in Irish history, many people lived ordinary lives that were in the main unaffected by the political events of the day. The tenement slums of Dublin were infamous throughout Europe, but life in rural Ireland was mainly one of poverty and struggle also. There was no meaningful industrial base in Mayo and most people eked out a meagre living on poor land.  In the towns unemployment was high and emigration to the UK and US was an ongoing fact of life. This section shows vignettes from ordinary life in Ireland during this most turbulent of decades.

Descending the Reek    Irish Volunteers Sports Day, Castlebar, 12th July 1914    Irish Volunteers Sports Day, Castlebar, 12th July 1914 

Irish Volunteers Sports Day, Castlebar, 12th July 1914    Irish Volunteers Sports Day, Castlebar, 12th July 1914                  Irish Volunteer Sports Day programme

Images courtesy of Kieran Downes, album donated to Mayo Library.

 

Ireland in 1913: Social Conditions

by Caitriona Clear, NUIG

Percy French (1854-1920) published his famous song about the West Clare railway, ‘Are You Right There Michael’, in 1902, and its commentary about substandard rolling stock and philosophical engine drivers and guards,  could probably have been written about any of the ‘light railways’ built west of a line from Derry to Cork, from the late 1880s. Built by the British government to boost the economy and, it was hoped, to ‘kill Home Rule with kindness’, these railways despite their many flaws, changed Irish life forever………

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Ireland in 1913 – Social Conditions

 

News Round Up (Extracts from CenturyIreland.ie)

14 March 1914

Riot at wedding in Mayo 

 

27 July 1913

15,000 Pilgrims Climb Croagh Patrick

 

28 March 1914

Alarming Overcrowding at Mayo Asylum

 

 

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