Last week, DFallon put up some excellent scans from the Portland Daily Press, from May 1st 1916. In his article, he made the remark that “It’s fascinating to see how news travels and is distorted or in some cases completely fabricated.” Reading back on any newspapers reports from Easter Week shows how difficult creating factually correct copy was in a time before the internet and social media. Above and below are some scans from two papers I picked up recently, chance finds on eBay, they help illustrate this fact, with papers on the first of May pronouncing Connolly dead and Pearse shot and captured near Boland’s Mills. This is clarified on the second of May.
I particularly like the last piece, speaking of the excitement in the city post-rising, with fears abound that Belfast might be the new capital. There are some other interesting scans which I’ve yet to upload, including a great image of Markievicz working in a soup kitchen during the Lockout of 1913, I’ll get them up in due course!