Sold-out concert in Carlow 1922.
being confined to barracks for several months during the Truce, and now
in January 1922 getting ready to depart from Ireland, the soldiers of
the 1st Battalion of the Fifth Fusiliers, British Army, were invited to
put on a farewell concert in Carlow's Deighton Hall.
advertisement informs us that the St. George's Minstrels recruited from
within the battalion will preform at the forthcoming concert supported
by the Fifth Fusiliers Brass Band.
discussions took place to decide if the soldiers could march, for the
last time, in full military regalia from Carlow Barracks to the
Deighton Hall on the day of the concert.
Nationalist 1922 in the PPP.
- at 8pm.
- Monday, January 30th 1922.
- ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE :
- St. GEORGE'S MINSTRELS and the
Band 1st Battalion Fifth Fusiliers.
- Owing to the great
number of persons who were unable to obtain admission to the
Evening Performance at the Deighton Memorial Hall on January
25th, it has been decided to hold an additional performance.
- Ticket holders for
who were unable to obtain admission, will be admitted on
production of Ticket. Tickets for additional Concert are now on
same at Mr Craig's, Dublin Street, and Mr Rudock's Newsagent,
Admission by Ticket only.
- Bridewell Lane
- 1st Battalion of the Royal Northumberland Fifth
Thursday 26th January, 1922.
with representatives of the Irish Republican Police, Carlow Division.
meeting was held in the Workmans' Club, Brown Street, to discuss a
request put forward by a delegation from residents of Bridewell,
Sommers' and Brewery Lanes, Carlow requesting that The 1st Battalion of
the Royal Northumberland Fifth Fusiliers accompanied by the Battalion
Band be allowed to march in military formation from Carlow Military
Barracks through Somer's Lane and Bridewell Lane to a Farewell Concert
in the Deighton Hall in the afternoon of Monday 30th January 1922.
meeting was addressed by Bridewell Lane representative Mr. Ducie.
Addressing the gathering -- Mr Ducie said that the most of the residents
in Bridewell were Irish Republicans, through and through, and supported
President Eamonn de Valera and Sinn Fein in their efforts to gain
freedom and peace for Ireland , but, he continued, many families in
Bridewell Lane have a long tradition of service in the British Military,
that service did not make them any less proud and brave Irishmen, and
at this historic time the residents would welcome an opportunity to give
a hearty Irish farewell to the soldiers who were now leaving Carlow to
serve in other parts of the world. A treaty had been signed between
Ireland and England and we were now at peace and the sooner friendly
relationships were established among the people the better.
only... Before Mr Ducie could proceed any further the meeting was
interrupted by Mr. M. O'Neill who stated "mark my words, if one man
today walks down the streets or lanes or byways of Carlow in a British
uniform, we have a bullet for him, in fact I have a box of bullets that
I did not get to fire and I will not hesitate to use them and I am not
alone in my thinking".
there was loud cheering from the assembled crowd and unable to proceed
with the debate the meeting was adjourned pending advice from Dail
Eireann. Mr Ducie and his delegation were escorted from the building to
shouts of “turncoats" "British lackeys" and "Up Dev". This was followed
by a skirmish outside the building but it was soon brought under control
by the I.R.P.